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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 88,457 92.11% 113,262 90.67%
Spanish 2,533 2.64% 5,624 4.50%
Other Indo-European* 4,675 4.87% 5,058 4.05%
Asian Language** 158 0.16% 503 0.40%
Other 208 0.22% 467 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,031 100.00% 124,914 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,026 36.02%
Other Indo-European* 1,377 27.22%
Asian Language** 258 51.29%
Other Language 166 35.55%
Total 3,827 3.06%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 940 37.11%
Other Indo-European* 1,401 29.97%
Asian Language** 30 18.99%
Other Language 69 33.17%
Total 2,440 2.54%

* "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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