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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 64,407 95.55% 59,886 77.81%
Spanish 2,197 3.26% 15,746 20.46%
Other Indo-European* 669 0.99% 824 1.07%
Asian Language** 104 0.15% 384 0.50%
Other 28 0.04% 126 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 67,405 100.00% 76,966 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,980 69.73%
Other Indo-European* 243 29.49%
Asian Language** 237 61.72%
Other Language 17 13.49%
Total 11,477 14.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,375 62.59%
Other Indo-European* 178 26.61%
Asian Language** 21 20.19%
Other Language 22 78.57%
Total 1,596 2.37%

* "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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