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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 54,248 93.71% 60,043 92.89%
Spanish 948 1.64% 1,519 2.35%
Other Indo-European* 1,122 1.94% 965 1.49%
Asian Language** 1,178 2.03% 1,597 2.47%
Other 392 0.68% 512 0.79%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,888 100.00% 64,636 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 461 30.35%
Other Indo-European* 232 24.04%
Asian Language** 973 60.93%
Other Language 102 19.92%
Total 1,768 2.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 408 43.04%
Other Indo-European* 287 25.58%
Asian Language** 584 49.58%
Other Language 142 36.22%
Total 1,421 2.45%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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