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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 42,319 87.89% 50,464 85.74%
Spanish 4,795 9.96% 7,586 12.89%
Other Indo-European* 727 1.51% 455 0.77%
Asian Language** 185 0.38% 285 0.48%
Other 126 0.26% 64 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 48,152 100.00% 58,854 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,366 44.37%
Other Indo-European* 83 18.24%
Asian Language** 112 39.30%
Other Language 12 18.75%
Total 3,573 6.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,770 36.91%
Other Indo-European* 130 17.88%
Asian Language** 127 68.65%
Other Language 46 36.51%
Total 2,073 4.31%

* "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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