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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 47,867 93.21% 48,950 88.37%
Spanish 2,794 5.44% 5,777 10.43%
Other Indo-European* 448 0.87% 430 0.78%
Asian Language** 171 0.33% 204 0.37%
Other 72 0.14% 30 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,352 100.00% 55,391 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,474 60.14%
Other Indo-European* 120 27.91%
Asian Language** 58 28.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,652 6.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,292 46.24%
Other Indo-European* 84 18.75%
Asian Language** 69 40.35%
Other Language 9 12.50%
Total 1,454 2.83%

* "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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