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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 49,948 97.74% 60,754 96.53%
Spanish 540 1.06% 1,420 2.26%
Other Indo-European* 492 0.96% 554 0.88%
Asian Language** 109 0.21% 165 0.26%
Other 16 0.03% 44 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,105 100.00% 62,937 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 420 29.58%
Other Indo-European* 122 22.02%
Asian Language** 115 69.70%
Other Language 9 20.45%
Total 666 1.06%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 249 46.11%
Other Indo-European* 138 28.05%
Asian Language** 32 29.36%
Other Language 10 62.50%
Total 429 0.84%

* "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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