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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 42,984 89.22% 49,731 80.37%
Spanish 4,211 8.74% 11,153 18.02%
Other Indo-European* 630 1.31% 709 1.15%
Asian Language** 236 0.49% 250 0.40%
Other 117 0.24% 36 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 48,178 100.00% 61,879 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,710 60.16%
Other Indo-European* 127 17.91%
Asian Language** 96 38.40%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 6,933 11.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,456 58.32%
Other Indo-European* 105 16.67%
Asian Language** 101 42.80%
Other Language 32 27.35%
Total 2,694 5.59%

* "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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