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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 49,967 97.71% 60,329 97.37%
Spanish 469 0.92% 746 1.20%
Other Indo-European* 603 1.18% 729 1.18%
Asian Language** 87 0.17% 123 0.20%
Other 10 0.02% 31 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,136 100.00% 61,958 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 307 41.15%
Other Indo-European* 219 30.04%
Asian Language** 51 41.46%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 577 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 176 37.53%
Other Indo-European* 119 19.73%
Asian Language** 15 17.24%
Other Language 10 100.00%
Total 320 0.63%

* "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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