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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 81,702 93.56% 130,214 89.31%
Spanish 2,928 3.35% 11,282 7.74%
Other Indo-European* 1,815 2.08% 2,399 1.65%
Asian Language** 285 0.33% 643 0.44%
Other 597 0.68% 1,265 0.87%
Total Population Age 5+ 87,327 100.00% 145,803 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,498 39.87%
Other Indo-European* 500 20.84%
Asian Language** 224 34.84%
Other Language 501 39.60%
Total 5,723 3.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 903 30.84%
Other Indo-European* 454 25.01%
Asian Language** 153 53.68%
Other Language 330 55.28%
Total 1,840 2.11%

* "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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