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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 42,021 95.57% 75,858 92.37%
Spanish 942 2.14% 4,129 5.03%
Other Indo-European* 516 1.17% 1,013 1.23%
Asian Language** 210 0.48% 668 0.81%
Other 281 0.64% 453 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 43,970 100.00% 82,121 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,763 42.70%
Other Indo-European* 178 17.57%
Asian Language** 175 26.20%
Other Language 83 18.32%
Total 2,199 2.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 180 19.11%
Other Indo-European* 181 35.08%
Asian Language** 60 28.57%
Other Language 57 20.28%
Total 478 1.09%

* "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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