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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 54,440 96.24% 59,107 94.87%
Spanish 1,231 2.18% 1,894 3.04%
Other Indo-European* 745 1.32% 830 1.33%
Asian Language** 85 0.15% 190 0.30%
Other 64 0.11% 285 0.46%
Total Population Age 5+ 56,565 100.00% 62,306 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 433 22.86%
Other Indo-European* 201 24.22%
Asian Language** 73 38.42%
Other Language 60 21.05%
Total 767 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 378 30.71%
Other Indo-European* 191 25.64%
Asian Language** 50 58.82%
Other Language 21 32.81%
Total 640 1.13%

* "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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