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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 60,507 95.90% 65,123 93.92%
Spanish 1,064 1.69% 2,709 3.91%
Other Indo-European* 1,401 2.22% 1,297 1.87%
Asian Language** 108 0.17% 170 0.25%
Other 16 0.03% 43 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 63,096 100.00% 69,342 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,313 48.47%
Other Indo-European* 364 28.06%
Asian Language** 70 41.18%
Other Language 10 23.26%
Total 1,757 2.53%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 377 35.43%
Other Indo-European* 256 18.27%
Asian Language** 40 37.04%
Other Language 1 6.25%
Total 674 1.07%

* "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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