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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 55,999 97.37% 60,913 96.98%
Spanish 676 1.18% 1,180 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 769 1.34% 630 1.00%
Asian Language** 31 0.05% 71 0.11%
Other 38 0.07% 17 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,513 100.00% 62,811 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 545 46.19%
Other Indo-European* 244 38.73%
Asian Language** 20 28.17%
Other Language 17 100.00%
Total 826 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 264 39.05%
Other Indo-European* 273 35.50%
Asian Language** 14 45.16%
Other Language 0 -
Total 551 0.96%

* "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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