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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 67,221 96.28% 81,522 95.09%
Spanish 1,144 1.64% 2,702 3.15%
Other Indo-European* 933 1.34% 881 1.03%
Asian Language** 406 0.58% 592 0.69%
Other 114 0.16% 31 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,818 100.00% 85,728 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,026 37.97%
Other Indo-European* 172 19.52%
Asian Language** 299 50.51%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,497 1.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 413 36.10%
Other Indo-European* 260 27.87%
Asian Language** 256 63.05%
Other Language 0 -
Total 929 1.33%

* "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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