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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 136,854 96.39% 161,928 94.82%
Spanish 2,177 1.53% 3,642 2.13%
Other Indo-European* 2,095 1.48% 3,239 1.90%
Asian Language** 728 0.51% 1,582 0.93%
Other 132 0.09% 386 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 141,986 100.00% 170,777 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,279 35.12%
Other Indo-European* 965 29.79%
Asian Language** 647 40.90%
Other Language 204 52.85%
Total 3,095 1.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 664 30.50%
Other Indo-European* 686 32.74%
Asian Language** 328 45.05%
Other Language 65 49.24%
Total 1,743 1.23%

* "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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