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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 133,418 96.50% 170,995 94.36%
Spanish 1,562 1.13% 3,759 2.07%
Other Indo-European* 2,415 1.75% 3,881 2.14%
Asian Language** 698 0.50% 2,201 1.21%
Other 158 0.11% 382 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 138,251 100.00% 181,218 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,409 37.48%
Other Indo-European* 816 21.03%
Asian Language** 683 31.03%
Other Language 31 8.12%
Total 2,939 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 451 28.87%
Other Indo-European* 516 21.37%
Asian Language** 365 52.29%
Other Language 46 29.11%
Total 1,378 1.00%

* "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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