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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 153,641 97.87% 178,446 97.08%
Spanish 871 0.55% 2,351 1.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,944 1.24% 2,363 1.29%
Asian Language** 411 0.26% 500 0.27%
Other 118 0.08% 159 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 156,985 100.00% 183,819 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 812 34.54%
Other Indo-European* 656 27.76%
Asian Language** 238 47.60%
Other Language 45 28.30%
Total 1,751 0.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 225 25.83%
Other Indo-European* 578 29.73%
Asian Language** 147 35.77%
Other Language 24 20.34%
Total 974 0.62%

* "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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