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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 111,963 93.25% 123,162 91.65%
Spanish 2,081 1.73% 3,949 2.94%
Other Indo-European* 4,958 4.13% 5,809 4.32%
Asian Language** 448 0.37% 788 0.59%
Other 616 0.51% 672 0.50%
Total Population Age 5+ 120,066 100.00% 134,380 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,119 28.34%
Other Indo-European* 1,515 26.08%
Asian Language** 321 40.74%
Other Language 170 25.30%
Total 3,125 2.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 544 26.14%
Other Indo-European* 1,330 26.83%
Asian Language** 139 31.03%
Other Language 224 36.36%
Total 2,237 1.86%

* "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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