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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 50,342 95.18% 57,381 93.74%
Spanish 717 1.36% 1,971 3.22%
Other Indo-European* 1,119 2.12% 902 1.47%
Asian Language** 477 0.90% 556 0.91%
Other 237 0.45% 401 0.66%
Total Population Age 5+ 52,892 100.00% 61,211 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 900 45.66%
Other Indo-European* 198 21.95%
Asian Language** 257 46.22%
Other Language 57 14.21%
Total 1,412 2.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 277 38.63%
Other Indo-European* 329 29.40%
Asian Language** 208 43.61%
Other Language 70 29.54%
Total 884 1.67%

* "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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