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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 252,548 97.33% 268,178 96.62%
Spanish 2,293 0.88% 4,100 1.48%
Other Indo-European* 3,646 1.41% 3,562 1.28%
Asian Language** 764 0.29% 1,406 0.51%
Other 226 0.09% 304 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 259,477 100.00% 277,550 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,336 32.59%
Other Indo-European* 938 26.33%
Asian Language** 582 41.39%
Other Language 75 24.67%
Total 2,931 1.06%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 705 30.75%
Other Indo-European* 989 27.13%
Asian Language** 437 57.20%
Other Language 53 23.45%
Total 2,184 0.84%

* "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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