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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 37,428 94.81% 48,762 92.76%
Spanish 591 1.50% 1,210 2.30%
Other Indo-European* 862 2.18% 1,412 2.69%
Asian Language** 559 1.42% 1,156 2.20%
Other 37 0.09% 29 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,477 100.00% 52,569 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 302 24.96%
Other Indo-European* 256 18.13%
Asian Language** 513 44.38%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,071 2.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 201 34.01%
Other Indo-European* 149 17.29%
Asian Language** 246 44.01%
Other Language 11 29.73%
Total 607 1.54%

* "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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