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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 72,732 88.03% 98,451 82.37%
Spanish 8,341 10.09% 18,643 15.60%
Other Indo-European* 876 1.06% 1,395 1.17%
Asian Language** 431 0.52% 834 0.70%
Other 246 0.30% 196 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 82,626 100.00% 119,519 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9,166 49.17%
Other Indo-European* 365 26.16%
Asian Language** 342 41.01%
Other Language 83 42.35%
Total 9,956 8.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,840 46.04%
Other Indo-European* 179 20.43%
Asian Language** 173 40.14%
Other Language 65 26.42%
Total 4,257 5.15%

* "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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