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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 52,585 95.46% 60,100 93.64%
Spanish 968 1.76% 2,892 4.51%
Other Indo-European* 1,041 1.89% 835 1.30%
Asian Language** 282 0.51% 251 0.39%
Other 209 0.38% 105 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 55,085 100.00% 64,183 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,555 53.77%
Other Indo-European* 234 28.02%
Asian Language** 109 43.43%
Other Language 24 22.86%
Total 1,922 2.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 343 35.43%
Other Indo-European* 177 17.00%
Asian Language** 127 45.04%
Other Language 48 22.97%
Total 695 1.26%

* "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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