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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 181,599 95.55% 256,116 92.16%
Spanish 3,345 1.76% 10,291 3.70%
Other Indo-European* 3,029 1.59% 6,962 2.51%
Asian Language** 1,382 0.73% 3,437 1.24%
Other 698 0.37% 1,096 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 190,053 100.00% 277,902 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,498 33.99%
Other Indo-European* 2,647 38.02%
Asian Language** 1,689 49.14%
Other Language 294 26.82%
Total 8,128 2.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 873 26.10%
Other Indo-European* 886 29.25%
Asian Language** 715 51.74%
Other Language 226 32.38%
Total 2,700 1.42%

* "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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