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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 50,061 95.49% 79,142 94.49%
Spanish 978 1.87% 2,337 2.79%
Other Indo-European* 1,000 1.91% 1,366 1.63%
Asian Language** 357 0.68% 804 0.96%
Other 30 0.06% 104 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 52,426 100.00% 83,753 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 816 34.92%
Other Indo-European* 296 21.67%
Asian Language** 304 37.81%
Other Language 66 63.46%
Total 1,482 1.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 404 41.31%
Other Indo-European* 227 22.70%
Asian Language** 144 40.34%
Other Language 0 -
Total 775 1.48%

* "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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