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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 186,119 96.35% 199,832 96.00%
Spanish 2,889 1.50% 3,923 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 2,526 1.31% 2,427 1.17%
Asian Language** 1,352 0.70% 1,598 0.77%
Other 285 0.15% 375 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 193,171 100.00% 208,155 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,469 37.45%
Other Indo-European* 642 26.45%
Asian Language** 861 53.88%
Other Language 92 24.53%
Total 3,064 1.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,009 34.93%
Other Indo-European* 700 27.71%
Asian Language** 734 54.29%
Other Language 27 9.47%
Total 2,470 1.28%

* "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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