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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 38,828 95.38% 40,698 91.60%
Spanish 1,493 3.67% 3,416 7.69%
Other Indo-European* 331 0.81% 208 0.47%
Asian Language** 44 0.11% 95 0.21%
Other 11 0.03% 12 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,707 100.00% 44,429 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,871 54.77%
Other Indo-European* 43 20.67%
Asian Language** 50 52.63%
Other Language 2 16.67%
Total 1,966 4.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 885 59.28%
Other Indo-European* 62 18.73%
Asian Language** 25 56.82%
Other Language 6 54.55%
Total 978 2.40%

* "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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