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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 63,075 96.63% 62,816 96.95%
Spanish 664 1.02% 642 0.99%
Other Indo-European* 1,338 2.05% 998 1.54%
Asian Language** 162 0.25% 282 0.44%
Other 39 0.06% 53 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,278 100.00% 64,791 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 211 32.87%
Other Indo-European* 178 17.84%
Asian Language** 179 63.48%
Other Language 11 20.75%
Total 579 0.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 107 16.11%
Other Indo-European* 381 28.48%
Asian Language** 56 34.57%
Other Language 3 7.69%
Total 547 0.84%

* "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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