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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 148,877 96.92% 155,085 96.16%
Spanish 1,531 1.00% 2,573 1.60%
Other Indo-European* 2,423 1.58% 2,359 1.46%
Asian Language** 628 0.41% 1,025 0.64%
Other 143 0.09% 242 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 153,602 100.00% 161,284 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 846 32.88%
Other Indo-European* 656 27.81%
Asian Language** 453 44.20%
Other Language 75 30.99%
Total 2,030 1.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 492 32.14%
Other Indo-European* 707 29.18%
Asian Language** 379 60.35%
Other Language 36 25.17%
Total 1,614 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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