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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 102,568 96.80% 112,856 95.94%
Spanish 1,057 1.00% 2,212 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 2,035 1.92% 1,779 1.51%
Asian Language** 175 0.17% 620 0.53%
Other 122 0.12% 169 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 105,957 100.00% 117,636 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 841 38.02%
Other Indo-European* 553 31.08%
Asian Language** 358 57.74%
Other Language 19 11.24%
Total 1,771 1.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 437 41.34%
Other Indo-European* 738 36.27%
Asian Language** 73 41.71%
Other Language 32 26.23%
Total 1,280 1.21%

* "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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