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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 39,665 97.44% 81,312 91.37%
Spanish 576 1.41% 5,210 5.85%
Other Indo-European* 401 0.99% 1,828 2.05%
Asian Language** 30 0.07% 490 0.55%
Other 37 0.09% 149 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,709 100.00% 88,989 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,241 62.21%
Other Indo-European* 530 28.99%
Asian Language** 185 37.76%
Other Language 82 55.03%
Total 4,038 4.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 258 44.79%
Other Indo-European* 95 23.69%
Asian Language** 8 26.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 361 0.89%

* "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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