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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 109,062 96.46% 115,639 95.47%
Spanish 954 0.84% 2,479 2.05%
Other Indo-European* 2,545 2.25% 2,457 2.03%
Asian Language** 375 0.33% 439 0.36%
Other 128 0.11% 107 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 113,064 100.00% 121,121 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,195 48.20%
Other Indo-European* 823 33.50%
Asian Language** 227 51.71%
Other Language 34 31.78%
Total 2,279 1.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 362 37.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,114 43.77%
Asian Language** 214 57.07%
Other Language 47 36.72%
Total 1,737 1.54%

* "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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