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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 82,747 97.96% 96,359 96.33%
Spanish 962 1.14% 2,159 2.16%
Other Indo-European* 563 0.67% 822 0.82%
Asian Language** 164 0.19% 546 0.55%
Other 32 0.04% 143 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 84,468 100.00% 100,029 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 986 45.67%
Other Indo-European* 234 28.47%
Asian Language** 230 42.12%
Other Language 23 16.08%
Total 1,473 1.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 364 37.84%
Other Indo-European* 144 25.58%
Asian Language** 126 76.83%
Other Language 0 -
Total 634 0.75%

* "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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