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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 65,673 95.48% 76,575 93.65%
Spanish 1,222 1.78% 2,554 3.12%
Other Indo-European* 852 1.24% 877 1.07%
Asian Language** 836 1.22% 1,620 1.98%
Other 200 0.29% 145 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 68,783 100.00% 81,771 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 955 37.39%
Other Indo-European* 199 22.69%
Asian Language** 723 44.63%
Other Language 17 11.72%
Total 1,894 2.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 434 35.52%
Other Indo-European* 268 31.46%
Asian Language** 399 47.73%
Other Language 28 14.00%
Total 1,129 1.64%

* "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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