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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 233,761 96.59% 227,785 95.50%
Spanish 3,132 1.29% 5,138 2.15%
Other Indo-European* 3,898 1.61% 3,598 1.51%
Asian Language** 961 0.40% 1,596 0.67%
Other 274 0.11% 392 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 242,026 100.00% 238,509 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,114 41.14%
Other Indo-European* 853 23.71%
Asian Language** 682 42.73%
Other Language 136 34.69%
Total 3,785 1.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 970 30.97%
Other Indo-European* 977 25.06%
Asian Language** 381 39.65%
Other Language 10 3.65%
Total 2,338 0.97%

* "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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