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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 44,381 97.59% 43,949 97.96%
Spanish 275 0.60% 317 0.71%
Other Indo-European* 612 1.35% 427 0.95%
Asian Language** 146 0.32% 87 0.19%
Other 65 0.14% 86 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,479 100.00% 44,866 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 120 37.85%
Other Indo-European* 141 33.02%
Asian Language** 25 28.74%
Other Language 9 10.47%
Total 295 0.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 140 50.91%
Other Indo-European* 131 21.41%
Asian Language** 25 17.12%
Other Language 0 -
Total 296 0.65%

* "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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