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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 87,204 90.97% 107,584 88.71%
Spanish 4,410 4.60% 8,139 6.71%
Other Indo-European* 3,619 3.78% 4,229 3.49%
Asian Language** 351 0.37% 363 0.30%
Other 280 0.29% 962 0.79%
Total Population Age 5+ 95,864 100.00% 121,277 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,499 55.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,078 25.49%
Asian Language** 170 46.83%
Other Language 593 61.64%
Total 6,340 5.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,092 47.44%
Other Indo-European* 983 27.16%
Asian Language** 256 72.93%
Other Language 75 26.79%
Total 3,406 3.55%

* "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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