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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 41,077 91.23% 48,445 93.17%
Spanish 3,514 7.80% 3,123 6.01%
Other Indo-European* 303 0.67% 274 0.53%
Asian Language** 71 0.16% 145 0.28%
Other 63 0.14% 8 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,028 100.00% 51,995 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,327 42.49%
Other Indo-European* 93 33.94%
Asian Language** 76 52.41%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,496 2.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,474 41.95%
Other Indo-European* 102 33.66%
Asian Language** 37 52.11%
Other Language 5 7.94%
Total 1,618 3.59%

* "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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