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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 76,575 93.15% 84,683 88.16%
Spanish 1,742 2.12% 6,105 6.36%
Other Indo-European* 2,083 2.53% 2,462 2.56%
Asian Language** 1,447 1.76% 2,227 2.32%
Other 363 0.44% 574 0.60%
Total Population Age 5+ 82,210 100.00% 96,051 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,788 62.05%
Other Indo-European* 564 22.91%
Asian Language** 985 44.23%
Other Language 157 27.35%
Total 5,494 5.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 607 34.85%
Other Indo-European* 598 28.71%
Asian Language** 878 60.68%
Other Language 109 30.03%
Total 2,192 2.67%

* "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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