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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 104,992 95.27% 112,886 96.12%
Spanish 1,754 1.59% 1,624 1.38%
Other Indo-European* 2,946 2.67% 2,348 2.00%
Asian Language** 306 0.28% 374 0.32%
Other 208 0.19% 216 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 110,206 100.00% 117,448 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 613 37.75%
Other Indo-European* 600 25.55%
Asian Language** 187 50.00%
Other Language 80 37.04%
Total 1,480 1.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 687 39.17%
Other Indo-European* 716 24.30%
Asian Language** 133 43.46%
Other Language 52 25.00%
Total 1,588 1.44%

* "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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