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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 37,593 92.74% 38,265 91.05%
Spanish 1,631 4.02% 2,373 5.65%
Other Indo-European* 931 2.30% 725 1.73%
Asian Language** 249 0.61% 462 1.10%
Other 134 0.33% 203 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,538 100.00% 42,028 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 965 40.67%
Other Indo-European* 148 20.41%
Asian Language** 278 60.17%
Other Language 66 32.51%
Total 1,457 3.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 487 29.86%
Other Indo-European* 207 22.23%
Asian Language** 65 26.10%
Other Language 24 17.91%
Total 783 1.93%

* "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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