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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 91,649 97.58% 93,845 96.97%
Spanish 877 0.93% 2,072 2.14%
Other Indo-European* 932 0.99% 560 0.58%
Asian Language** 415 0.44% 198 0.20%
Other 48 0.05% 98 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 93,921 100.00% 96,773 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 968 46.72%
Other Indo-European* 127 22.68%
Asian Language** 107 54.04%
Other Language 29 29.59%
Total 1,231 1.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 29.65%
Other Indo-European* 272 29.18%
Asian Language** 291 70.12%
Other Language 32 66.67%
Total 855 0.91%

* "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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