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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 42,603 97.96% 41,754 97.49%
Spanish 514 1.18% 702 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 206 0.47% 234 0.55%
Asian Language** 147 0.34% 113 0.26%
Other 22 0.05% 25 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 43,492 100.00% 42,828 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 244 34.76%
Other Indo-European* 73 31.20%
Asian Language** 94 83.19%
Other Language 3 12.00%
Total 414 0.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 197 38.33%
Other Indo-European* 70 33.98%
Asian Language** 53 36.05%
Other Language 15 68.18%
Total 335 0.77%

* "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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