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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 111,954 96.83% 112,431 93.50%
Spanish 1,239 1.07% 3,104 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,642 1.42% 3,623 3.01%
Asian Language** 603 0.52% 822 0.68%
Other 186 0.16% 273 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 115,624 100.00% 120,253 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,328 42.78%
Other Indo-European* 1,641 45.29%
Asian Language** 422 51.34%
Other Language 70 25.64%
Total 3,461 2.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 388 31.32%
Other Indo-European* 379 23.08%
Asian Language** 338 56.05%
Other Language 26 13.98%
Total 1,131 0.98%

* "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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