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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 126,908 95.47% 168,403 94.70%
Spanish 2,066 1.55% 4,420 2.49%
Other Indo-European* 3,320 2.50% 3,835 2.16%
Asian Language** 506 0.38% 979 0.55%
Other 125 0.09% 189 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 132,925 100.00% 177,826 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,344 30.41%
Other Indo-European* 816 21.28%
Asian Language** 436 44.54%
Other Language 38 20.11%
Total 2,634 1.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 625 30.25%
Other Indo-European* 732 22.05%
Asian Language** 222 43.87%
Other Language 40 32.00%
Total 1,619 1.22%

* "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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