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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 155,431 96.04% 157,837 95.93%
Spanish 1,620 1.00% 2,049 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 4,049 2.50% 3,723 2.26%
Asian Language** 479 0.30% 651 0.40%
Other 267 0.16% 270 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 161,846 100.00% 164,530 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 482 23.52%
Other Indo-European* 1,451 38.97%
Asian Language** 274 42.09%
Other Language 75 27.78%
Total 2,282 1.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 616 38.02%
Other Indo-European* 1,556 38.43%
Asian Language** 238 49.69%
Other Language 46 17.23%
Total 2,456 1.52%

* "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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