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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 50,403 94.00% 54,841 91.85%
Spanish 1,992 3.71% 3,614 6.05%
Other Indo-European* 924 1.72% 724 1.21%
Asian Language** 165 0.31% 278 0.47%
Other 139 0.26% 248 0.42%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,623 100.00% 59,705 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,809 50.06%
Other Indo-European* 108 14.92%
Asian Language** 93 33.45%
Other Language 27 10.89%
Total 2,037 3.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,057 53.06%
Other Indo-European* 184 19.91%
Asian Language** 69 41.82%
Other Language 11 7.91%
Total 1,321 2.46%

* "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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