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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 136,727 96.87% 147,682 95.58%
Spanish 1,829 1.30% 3,205 2.07%
Other Indo-European* 1,359 0.96% 2,154 1.39%
Asian Language** 1,036 0.73% 1,209 0.78%
Other 189 0.13% 255 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 141,140 100.00% 154,505 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,158 36.13%
Other Indo-European* 623 28.92%
Asian Language** 627 51.86%
Other Language 154 60.39%
Total 2,562 1.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 657 35.92%
Other Indo-European* 418 30.76%
Asian Language** 451 43.53%
Other Language 90 47.62%
Total 1,616 1.14%

* "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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