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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 113,279 92.63% 124,060 88.56%
Spanish 2,116 1.73% 7,273 5.19%
Other Indo-European* 3,053 2.50% 3,701 2.64%
Asian Language** 3,332 2.72% 4,457 3.18%
Other 510 0.42% 602 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 122,290 100.00% 140,093 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,562 48.98%
Other Indo-European* 883 23.86%
Asian Language** 2,397 53.78%
Other Language 216 35.88%
Total 7,058 5.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 768 36.29%
Other Indo-European* 828 27.12%
Asian Language** 1,844 55.34%
Other Language 224 43.92%
Total 3,664 3.00%

* "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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