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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 33,659 93.87% 43,791 93.66%
Spanish 855 2.38% 1,574 3.37%
Other Indo-European* 908 2.53% 706 1.51%
Asian Language** 293 0.82% 473 1.01%
Other 143 0.40% 213 0.46%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,858 100.00% 46,757 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 831 52.80%
Other Indo-European* 109 15.44%
Asian Language** 228 48.20%
Other Language 97 45.54%
Total 1,265 2.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 350 40.94%
Other Indo-European* 251 27.64%
Asian Language** 94 32.08%
Other Language 38 26.57%
Total 733 2.04%

* "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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