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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 135,107 93.99% 182,724 91.56%
Spanish 4,151 2.89% 11,262 5.64%
Other Indo-European* 3,713 2.58% 4,224 2.12%
Asian Language** 380 0.26% 852 0.43%
Other 389 0.27% 498 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 143,740 100.00% 199,560 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,517 40.11%
Other Indo-European* 899 21.28%
Asian Language** 344 40.38%
Other Language 154 30.92%
Total 5,914 2.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,844 44.42%
Other Indo-European* 1,052 28.33%
Asian Language** 125 32.89%
Other Language 105 26.99%
Total 3,126 2.17%

* "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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