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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 43,534 91.98% 49,641 89.84%
Spanish 2,464 5.21% 4,274 7.74%
Other Indo-European* 1,111 2.35% 929 1.68%
Asian Language** 118 0.25% 336 0.61%
Other 102 0.22% 75 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,329 100.00% 55,255 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,986 46.47%
Other Indo-European* 244 26.26%
Asian Language** 177 52.68%
Other Language 24 32.00%
Total 2,431 4.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,003 40.71%
Other Indo-European* 279 25.11%
Asian Language** 27 22.88%
Other Language 30 29.41%
Total 1,339 2.83%

* "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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