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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 92,665 95.81% 97,987 92.77%
Spanish 1,966 2.03% 5,493 5.20%
Other Indo-European* 1,258 1.30% 1,217 1.15%
Asian Language** 665 0.69% 753 0.71%
Other 162 0.17% 171 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,716 100.00% 105,621 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,032 55.20%
Other Indo-European* 289 23.75%
Asian Language** 303 40.24%
Other Language 55 32.16%
Total 3,679 3.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 857 43.59%
Other Indo-European* 379 30.13%
Asian Language** 278 41.80%
Other Language 51 31.48%
Total 1,565 1.62%

* "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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