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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 98,492 92.74% 125,400 91.76%
Spanish 2,303 2.17% 4,011 2.94%
Other Indo-European* 4,517 4.25% 5,842 4.27%
Asian Language** 564 0.53% 865 0.63%
Other 326 0.31% 541 0.40%
Total Population Age 5+ 106,202 100.00% 136,659 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,037 25.85%
Other Indo-European* 1,893 32.40%
Asian Language** 269 31.10%
Other Language 133 24.58%
Total 3,332 2.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 691 30.00%
Other Indo-European* 1,318 29.18%
Asian Language** 277 49.11%
Other Language 78 23.93%
Total 2,364 2.23%

* "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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