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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 70,212 96.50% 81,234 94.55%
Spanish 1,364 1.87% 3,077 3.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,012 1.39% 1,154 1.34%
Asian Language** 159 0.22% 402 0.47%
Other 8 0.01% 50 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 72,755 100.00% 85,917 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,714 55.70%
Other Indo-European* 380 32.93%
Asian Language** 161 40.05%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,255 2.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 714 52.35%
Other Indo-European* 274 27.08%
Asian Language** 77 48.43%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,065 1.46%

* "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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