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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 100,780 95.42% 137,146 92.91%
Spanish 2,003 1.90% 6,348 4.30%
Other Indo-European* 2,360 2.23% 3,388 2.30%
Asian Language** 414 0.39% 542 0.37%
Other 59 0.06% 189 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 105,616 100.00% 147,613 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,526 55.55%
Other Indo-European* 1,205 35.57%
Asian Language** 272 50.18%
Other Language 39 20.63%
Total 5,042 3.42%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 850 42.44%
Other Indo-European* 673 28.52%
Asian Language** 203 49.03%
Other Language 11 18.64%
Total 1,737 1.64%

* "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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