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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 57,463 97.58% 77,707 96.36%
Spanish 662 1.12% 1,385 1.72%
Other Indo-European* 517 0.88% 1,076 1.33%
Asian Language** 233 0.40% 302 0.37%
Other 15 0.03% 173 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 58,890 100.00% 80,643 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 442 31.91%
Other Indo-European* 251 23.33%
Asian Language** 123 40.73%
Other Language 33 19.08%
Total 849 1.05%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 275 41.54%
Other Indo-European* 145 28.05%
Asian Language** 146 62.66%
Other Language 0 -
Total 566 0.96%

* "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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