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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 94,583 94.87% 98,752 94.44%
Spanish 2,406 2.41% 3,790 3.62%
Other Indo-European* 2,350 2.36% 1,613 1.54%
Asian Language** 235 0.24% 302 0.29%
Other 124 0.12% 114 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 99,698 100.00% 104,571 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,516 40.00%
Other Indo-European* 357 22.13%
Asian Language** 157 51.99%
Other Language 29 25.44%
Total 2,059 1.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 931 38.69%
Other Indo-European* 610 25.96%
Asian Language** 93 39.57%
Other Language 42 33.87%
Total 1,676 1.68%

* "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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