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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 66,285 94.72% 73,184 94.40%
Spanish 586 0.84% 984 1.27%
Other Indo-European* 2,649 3.79% 2,434 3.14%
Asian Language** 373 0.53% 752 0.97%
Other 90 0.13% 170 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,983 100.00% 77,524 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 164 16.67%
Other Indo-European* 434 17.83%
Asian Language** 208 27.66%
Other Language 41 24.12%
Total 847 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 190 32.42%
Other Indo-European* 603 22.76%
Asian Language** 126 33.78%
Other Language 20 22.22%
Total 939 1.34%

* "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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