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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 73,640 97.07% 77,950 92.22%
Spanish 1,257 1.66% 4,611 5.46%
Other Indo-European* 779 1.03% 1,020 1.21%
Asian Language** 167 0.22% 579 0.69%
Other 22 0.03% 364 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,865 100.00% 84,524 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,016 65.41%
Other Indo-European* 375 36.76%
Asian Language** 359 62.00%
Other Language 114 31.32%
Total 3,864 4.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 479 38.11%
Other Indo-European* 275 35.30%
Asian Language** 45 26.95%
Other Language 0 -
Total 799 1.05%

* "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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