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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 46,336 97.97% 50,501 92.89%
Spanish 446 0.94% 3,055 5.62%
Other Indo-European* 446 0.94% 558 1.03%
Asian Language** 63 0.13% 176 0.32%
Other 7 0.01% 75 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,298 100.00% 54,365 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,249 73.62%
Other Indo-European* 107 19.18%
Asian Language** 87 49.43%
Other Language 35 46.67%
Total 2,478 4.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 152 34.08%
Other Indo-European* 125 28.03%
Asian Language** 11 17.46%
Other Language 0 -
Total 288 0.61%

* "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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