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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 55,152 95.44% 57,392 95.35%
Spanish 383 0.66% 689 1.14%
Other Indo-European* 2,094 3.62% 1,919 3.19%
Asian Language** 110 0.19% 108 0.18%
Other 48 0.08% 80 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,787 100.00% 60,188 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 192 27.87%
Other Indo-European* 479 24.96%
Asian Language** 40 37.04%
Other Language 27 33.75%
Total 738 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 129 33.68%
Other Indo-European* 690 32.95%
Asian Language** 36 32.73%
Other Language 17 35.42%
Total 872 1.51%

* "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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