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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 159,982 96.57% 170,568 96.39%
Spanish 1,451 0.88% 2,200 1.24%
Other Indo-European* 3,365 2.03% 2,485 1.40%
Asian Language** 583 0.35% 1,295 0.73%
Other 281 0.17% 405 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 165,662 100.00% 176,953 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 760 34.55%
Other Indo-European* 569 22.90%
Asian Language** 462 35.68%
Other Language 58 14.32%
Total 1,849 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 393 27.08%
Other Indo-European* 963 28.62%
Asian Language** 272 46.66%
Other Language 113 40.21%
Total 1,741 1.05%

* "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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