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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 59,543 96.80% 58,012 94.43%
Spanish 595 0.97% 1,538 2.50%
Other Indo-European* 927 1.51% 1,259 2.05%
Asian Language** 376 0.61% 488 0.79%
Other 70 0.11% 136 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 61,511 100.00% 61,433 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 438 28.48%
Other Indo-European* 396 31.45%
Asian Language** 269 55.12%
Other Language 65 47.79%
Total 1,168 1.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 202 33.95%
Other Indo-European* 237 25.57%
Asian Language** 178 47.34%
Other Language 0 -
Total 617 1.00%

* "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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