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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 50,052 98.31% 62,126 96.11%
Spanish 433 0.85% 1,838 2.84%
Other Indo-European* 339 0.67% 529 0.82%
Asian Language** 81 0.16% 68 0.11%
Other 8 0.02% 82 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,913 100.00% 64,643 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 921 50.11%
Other Indo-European* 111 20.98%
Asian Language** 13 19.12%
Other Language 53 64.63%
Total 1,098 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 237 54.73%
Other Indo-European* 67 19.76%
Asian Language** 26 32.10%
Other Language 0 -
Total 330 0.65%

* "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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