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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 42,730 95.16% 48,865 94.76%
Spanish 628 1.40% 1,202 2.33%
Other Indo-European* 1,171 2.61% 1,115 2.16%
Asian Language** 307 0.68% 307 0.60%
Other 69 0.15% 77 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,905 100.00% 51,566 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 389 32.36%
Other Indo-European* 227 20.36%
Asian Language** 200 65.15%
Other Language 11 14.29%
Total 827 1.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 182 28.98%
Other Indo-European* 266 22.72%
Asian Language** 184 59.93%
Other Language 35 50.72%
Total 667 1.49%

* "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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