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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 104,446 96.04% 101,661 96.53%
Spanish 1,667 1.53% 1,814 1.72%
Other Indo-European* 1,767 1.62% 1,187 1.13%
Asian Language** 810 0.74% 530 0.50%
Other 67 0.06% 128 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 108,757 100.00% 105,320 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 673 37.10%
Other Indo-European* 298 25.11%
Asian Language** 226 42.64%
Other Language 45 35.16%
Total 1,242 1.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 483 28.97%
Other Indo-European* 518 29.32%
Asian Language** 381 47.04%
Other Language 22 32.84%
Total 1,404 1.29%

* "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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