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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 327,166 95.52% 338,958 95.75%
Spanish 3,010 0.88% 4,747 1.34%
Other Indo-European* 10,669 3.11% 8,387 2.37%
Asian Language** 812 0.24% 1,176 0.33%
Other 869 0.25% 742 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 342,526 100.00% 354,010 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,577 33.22%
Other Indo-European* 2,139 25.50%
Asian Language** 475 40.39%
Other Language 191 25.74%
Total 4,382 1.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 979 32.52%
Other Indo-European* 3,119 29.23%
Asian Language** 281 34.61%
Other Language 258 29.69%
Total 4,637 1.35%

* "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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