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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 129,227 95.15% 143,595 93.50%
Spanish 2,560 1.88% 5,106 3.32%
Other Indo-European* 1,929 1.42% 2,046 1.33%
Asian Language** 1,897 1.40% 2,616 1.70%
Other 206 0.15% 221 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 135,819 100.00% 153,584 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,798 35.21%
Other Indo-European* 439 21.46%
Asian Language** 1,349 51.57%
Other Language 90 40.72%
Total 3,676 2.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 775 30.27%
Other Indo-European* 601 31.16%
Asian Language** 1,293 68.16%
Other Language 56 27.18%
Total 2,725 2.01%

* "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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