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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 53,391 95.07% 79,205 92.72%
Spanish 1,234 2.20% 2,823 3.30%
Other Indo-European* 1,095 1.95% 2,079 2.43%
Asian Language** 394 0.70% 1,057 1.24%
Other 43 0.08% 262 0.31%
Total Population Age 5+ 56,157 100.00% 85,426 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 833 29.51%
Other Indo-European* 444 21.36%
Asian Language** 476 45.03%
Other Language 48 18.32%
Total 1,801 2.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 434 35.17%
Other Indo-European* 282 25.75%
Asian Language** 164 41.62%
Other Language 0 -
Total 880 1.57%

* "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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