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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 99,019 94.72% 100,287 94.65%
Spanish 1,330 1.27% 1,631 1.54%
Other Indo-European* 3,368 3.22% 3,241 3.06%
Asian Language** 450 0.43% 400 0.38%
Other 373 0.36% 398 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 104,540 100.00% 105,957 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 564 34.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,070 33.01%
Asian Language** 211 52.75%
Other Language 46 11.56%
Total 1,891 1.78%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 606 45.56%
Other Indo-European* 831 24.67%
Asian Language** 127 28.22%
Other Language 96 25.74%
Total 1,660 1.59%

* "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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