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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 88,855 93.71% 85,202 93.23%
Spanish 1,586 1.67% 2,504 2.74%
Other Indo-European* 3,615 3.81% 2,922 3.20%
Asian Language** 576 0.61% 528 0.58%
Other 192 0.20% 229 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 94,824 100.00% 91,385 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 844 33.71%
Other Indo-European* 643 22.01%
Asian Language** 214 40.53%
Other Language 105 45.85%
Total 1,806 1.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 479 30.20%
Other Indo-European* 796 22.02%
Asian Language** 247 42.88%
Other Language 90 46.88%
Total 1,612 1.70%

* "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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