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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 65,582 93.56% 80,321 90.97%
Spanish 1,757 2.51% 5,193 5.88%
Other Indo-European* 2,152 3.07% 2,252 2.55%
Asian Language** 514 0.73% 437 0.49%
Other 91 0.13% 93 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 70,096 100.00% 88,296 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,631 50.66%
Other Indo-European* 558 24.78%
Asian Language** 229 52.40%
Other Language 14 15.05%
Total 3,432 3.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 653 37.17%
Other Indo-European* 678 31.51%
Asian Language** 323 62.84%
Other Language 16 17.58%
Total 1,670 2.38%

* "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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