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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 114,015 94.82% 128,741 93.78%
Spanish 2,196 1.83% 3,914 2.85%
Other Indo-European* 3,323 2.76% 3,496 2.55%
Asian Language** 475 0.40% 729 0.53%
Other 234 0.19% 394 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 120,243 100.00% 137,274 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,120 28.62%
Other Indo-European* 805 23.03%
Asian Language** 314 43.07%
Other Language 40 10.15%
Total 2,279 1.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 673 30.65%
Other Indo-European* 966 29.07%
Asian Language** 168 35.37%
Other Language 36 15.38%
Total 1,843 1.53%

* "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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