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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 75,694 97.27% 104,308 91.72%
Spanish 1,046 1.34% 7,359 6.47%
Other Indo-European* 998 1.28% 1,481 1.30%
Asian Language** 68 0.09% 339 0.30%
Other 16 0.02% 235 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 77,822 100.00% 113,722 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,015 68.15%
Other Indo-European* 273 18.43%
Asian Language** 175 51.62%
Other Language 112 47.66%
Total 5,575 4.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 372 35.56%
Other Indo-European* 236 23.65%
Asian Language** 31 45.59%
Other Language 16 100.00%
Total 655 0.84%

* "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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