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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 79,751 96.89% 74,986 95.69%
Spanish 1,158 1.41% 2,165 2.76%
Other Indo-European* 1,094 1.33% 860 1.10%
Asian Language** 207 0.25% 284 0.36%
Other 101 0.12% 66 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 82,311 100.00% 78,361 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 942 43.51%
Other Indo-European* 177 20.58%
Asian Language** 118 41.55%
Other Language 19 28.79%
Total 1,256 1.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 459 39.64%
Other Indo-European* 257 23.49%
Asian Language** 88 42.51%
Other Language 36 35.64%
Total 840 1.02%

* "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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