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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 58,404 97.60% 75,749 96.94%
Spanish 693 1.16% 1,162 1.49%
Other Indo-European* 471 0.79% 751 0.96%
Asian Language** 209 0.35% 390 0.50%
Other 61 0.10% 92 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 59,838 100.00% 78,144 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 544 46.82%
Other Indo-European* 147 19.57%
Asian Language** 132 33.85%
Other Language 24 26.09%
Total 847 1.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 223 32.18%
Other Indo-European* 117 24.84%
Asian Language** 58 27.75%
Other Language 17 27.87%
Total 415 0.69%

* "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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