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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 144,471 93.31% 173,384 91.91%
Spanish 3,817 2.47% 6,992 3.71%
Other Indo-European* 4,332 2.80% 5,265 2.79%
Asian Language** 2,036 1.32% 2,658 1.41%
Other 168 0.11% 351 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 154,824 100.00% 188,650 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,304 32.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,280 24.31%
Asian Language** 1,154 43.42%
Other Language 74 21.08%
Total 4,812 2.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,270 33.27%
Other Indo-European* 948 21.88%
Asian Language** 842 41.36%
Other Language 63 37.50%
Total 3,123 2.02%

* "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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