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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 116,086 97.45% 131,566 97.03%
Spanish 1,031 0.87% 1,528 1.13%
Other Indo-European* 1,710 1.44% 1,813 1.34%
Asian Language** 252 0.21% 449 0.33%
Other 47 0.04% 232 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 119,126 100.00% 135,588 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 506 33.12%
Other Indo-European* 403 22.23%
Asian Language** 125 27.84%
Other Language 87 37.50%
Total 1,121 0.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 294 28.52%
Other Indo-European* 425 24.85%
Asian Language** 142 56.35%
Other Language 8 17.02%
Total 869 0.73%

* "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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