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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 52,624 97.38% 103,560 94.38%
Spanish 619 1.15% 2,657 2.42%
Other Indo-European* 610 1.13% 1,893 1.73%
Asian Language** 159 0.29% 1,241 1.13%
Other 29 0.05% 375 0.34%
Total Population Age 5+ 54,041 100.00% 109,726 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 818 30.79%
Other Indo-European* 355 18.75%
Asian Language** 493 39.73%
Other Language 54 14.40%
Total 1,720 1.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 183 29.56%
Other Indo-European* 228 37.38%
Asian Language** 77 48.43%
Other Language 11 37.93%
Total 499 0.92%

* "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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