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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 136,494 97.70% 139,323 97.84%
Spanish 1,143 0.82% 1,345 0.94%
Other Indo-European* 1,637 1.17% 1,229 0.86%
Asian Language** 364 0.26% 392 0.28%
Other 74 0.05% 114 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 139,712 100.00% 142,403 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 451 33.53%
Other Indo-European* 242 19.69%
Asian Language** 112 28.57%
Other Language 6 5.26%
Total 811 0.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 381 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 492 30.05%
Asian Language** 114 31.32%
Other Language 13 17.57%
Total 1,000 0.72%

* "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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