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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 80,128 95.69% 87,199 95.20%
Spanish 999 1.19% 1,954 2.13%
Other Indo-European* 2,300 2.75% 1,758 1.92%
Asian Language** 264 0.32% 539 0.59%
Other 50 0.06% 146 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 83,741 100.00% 91,596 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 760 38.89%
Other Indo-European* 484 27.53%
Asian Language** 224 41.56%
Other Language 19 13.01%
Total 1,487 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 278 27.83%
Other Indo-European* 609 26.48%
Asian Language** 152 57.58%
Other Language 11 22.00%
Total 1,050 1.25%

* "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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