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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 189,961 97.20% 182,783 96.88%
Spanish 1,717 0.88% 2,040 1.08%
Other Indo-European* 2,724 1.39% 2,230 1.18%
Asian Language** 629 0.32% 1,068 0.57%
Other 399 0.20% 553 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 195,430 100.00% 188,674 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 658 32.25%
Other Indo-European* 508 22.78%
Asian Language** 313 29.31%
Other Language 103 18.63%
Total 1,582 0.84%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 668 38.91%
Other Indo-European* 822 30.18%
Asian Language** 221 35.14%
Other Language 98 24.56%
Total 1,809 0.93%

* "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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