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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 44,790 97.14% 56,913 96.91%
Spanish 417 0.90% 823 1.40%
Other Indo-European* 872 1.89% 777 1.32%
Asian Language** 23 0.05% 143 0.24%
Other 9 0.02% 72 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 46,111 100.00% 58,728 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 253 30.74%
Other Indo-European* 188 24.20%
Asian Language** 30 20.98%
Other Language 36 50.00%
Total 507 0.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 171 41.01%
Other Indo-European* 246 28.21%
Asian Language** 5 21.74%
Other Language 3 33.33%
Total 425 0.92%

* "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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