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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 217,590 93.11% 233,038 90.04%
Spanish 6,533 2.80% 15,060 5.82%
Other Indo-European* 7,205 3.08% 6,937 2.68%
Asian Language** 2,139 0.92% 3,330 1.29%
Other 231 0.10% 465 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 233,698 100.00% 258,830 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,341 48.75%
Other Indo-European* 2,335 33.66%
Asian Language** 1,783 53.54%
Other Language 131 28.17%
Total 11,590 4.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,403 36.78%
Other Indo-European* 2,029 28.16%
Asian Language** 1,218 56.94%
Other Language 47 20.35%
Total 5,697 2.44%

* "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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