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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 78,350 95.69% 102,448 94.89%
Spanish 1,056 1.29% 2,484 2.30%
Other Indo-European* 1,383 1.69% 1,336 1.24%
Asian Language** 1,047 1.28% 1,419 1.31%
Other 44 0.05% 281 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 81,880 100.00% 107,968 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 858 34.54%
Other Indo-European* 285 21.33%
Asian Language** 661 46.58%
Other Language 30 10.68%
Total 1,834 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 357 33.81%
Other Indo-European* 347 25.09%
Asian Language** 793 75.74%
Other Language 22 50.00%
Total 1,519 1.86%

* "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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