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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 39,645 97.05% 42,989 95.31%
Spanish 384 0.94% 1,517 3.36%
Other Indo-European* 528 1.29% 414 0.92%
Asian Language** 160 0.39% 169 0.37%
Other 132 0.32% 17 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,849 100.00% 45,106 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 594 39.16%
Other Indo-European* 149 35.99%
Asian Language** 34 20.12%
Other Language 6 35.29%
Total 783 1.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 122 31.77%
Other Indo-European* 109 20.64%
Asian Language** 107 66.88%
Other Language 46 34.85%
Total 384 0.94%

* "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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