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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 48,131 95.69% 52,268 95.72%
Spanish 289 0.57% 444 0.81%
Other Indo-European* 1,599 3.18% 1,552 2.84%
Asian Language** 150 0.30% 275 0.50%
Other 131 0.26% 64 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,300 100.00% 54,603 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 20.95%
Other Indo-European* 330 21.26%
Asian Language** 141 51.27%
Other Language 31 48.44%
Total 595 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 26.30%
Other Indo-European* 254 15.88%
Asian Language** 97 64.67%
Other Language 6 4.58%
Total 433 0.86%

* "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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