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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 118,520 96.90% 118,116 96.92%
Spanish 563 0.46% 1,049 0.86%
Other Indo-European* 3,015 2.47% 2,233 1.83%
Asian Language** 130 0.11% 363 0.30%
Other 79 0.06% 105 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 122,307 100.00% 121,866 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 321 30.60%
Other Indo-European* 639 28.62%
Asian Language** 111 30.58%
Other Language 9 8.57%
Total 1,080 0.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 207 36.77%
Other Indo-European* 787 26.10%
Asian Language** 66 50.77%
Other Language 29 36.71%
Total 1,089 0.89%

* "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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