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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 74,398 97.33% 78,283 95.47%
Spanish 873 1.14% 2,182 2.66%
Other Indo-European* 1,043 1.36% 1,052 1.28%
Asian Language** 118 0.15% 336 0.41%
Other 5 0.01% 144 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 76,437 100.00% 81,997 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 886 40.60%
Other Indo-European* 212 20.15%
Asian Language** 161 47.92%
Other Language 85 59.03%
Total 1,344 1.64%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 276 31.62%
Other Indo-European* 312 29.91%
Asian Language** 80 67.80%
Other Language 0 -
Total 668 0.87%

* "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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