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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 59,804 92.27% 71,297 86.12%
Spanish 3,278 5.06% 8,971 10.84%
Other Indo-European* 1,361 2.10% 1,641 1.98%
Asian Language** 233 0.36% 630 0.76%
Other 137 0.21% 248 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 64,813 100.00% 82,787 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,804 53.55%
Other Indo-European* 537 32.72%
Asian Language** 271 43.02%
Other Language 33 13.31%
Total 5,645 6.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,717 52.38%
Other Indo-European* 459 33.73%
Asian Language** 129 55.36%
Other Language 30 21.90%
Total 2,335 3.60%

* "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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