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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 41,417 97.35% 49,202 96.39%
Spanish 437 1.03% 1,106 2.17%
Other Indo-European* 562 1.32% 346 0.68%
Asian Language** 108 0.25% 327 0.64%
Other 20 0.05% 63 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 42,544 100.00% 51,044 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 436 39.42%
Other Indo-European* 58 16.76%
Asian Language** 200 61.16%
Other Language 22 34.92%
Total 716 1.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 181 41.42%
Other Indo-European* 120 21.35%
Asian Language** 43 39.81%
Other Language 20 100.00%
Total 364 0.86%

* "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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