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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 83,302 93.90% 90,696 93.36%
Spanish 1,945 2.19% 2,917 3.00%
Other Indo-European* 2,957 3.33% 2,955 3.04%
Asian Language** 428 0.48% 353 0.36%
Other 85 0.10% 227 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,717 100.00% 97,148 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,274 43.68%
Other Indo-European* 863 29.20%
Asian Language** 121 34.28%
Other Language 73 32.16%
Total 2,331 2.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 614 31.57%
Other Indo-European* 782 26.45%
Asian Language** 149 34.81%
Other Language 38 44.71%
Total 1,583 1.78%

* "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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