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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 163,471 93.65% 173,207 93.42%
Spanish 3,722 2.13% 5,566 3.00%
Other Indo-European* 4,480 2.57% 4,027 2.17%
Asian Language** 2,634 1.51% 2,136 1.15%
Other 245 0.14% 478 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 174,552 100.00% 185,414 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,840 33.06%
Other Indo-European* 982 24.39%
Asian Language** 978 45.79%
Other Language 112 23.43%
Total 3,912 2.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,212 32.56%
Other Indo-European* 1,066 23.79%
Asian Language** 1,316 49.96%
Other Language 63 25.71%
Total 3,657 2.10%

* "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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