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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 48,294 94.64% 51,559 93.89%
Spanish 428 0.84% 615 1.12%
Other Indo-European* 2,157 4.23% 2,503 4.56%
Asian Language** 84 0.16% 174 0.32%
Other 67 0.13% 63 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,030 100.00% 54,914 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 120 19.51%
Other Indo-European* 773 30.88%
Asian Language** 82 47.13%
Other Language 26 41.27%
Total 1,001 1.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 146 34.11%
Other Indo-European* 607 28.14%
Asian Language** 40 47.62%
Other Language 28 41.79%
Total 821 1.61%

* "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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