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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 134,887 93.80% 136,615 95.52%
Spanish 817 0.57% 1,737 1.21%
Other Indo-European* 7,630 5.31% 4,290 3.00%
Asian Language** 340 0.24% 287 0.20%
Other 134 0.09% 97 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 143,808 100.00% 143,026 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 795 45.77%
Other Indo-European* 973 22.68%
Asian Language** 143 49.83%
Other Language 10 10.31%
Total 1,921 1.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 217 26.56%
Other Indo-European* 2,080 27.26%
Asian Language** 134 39.41%
Other Language 23 17.16%
Total 2,454 1.71%

* "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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