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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 109,235 97.25% 107,865 96.52%
Spanish 1,067 0.95% 1,950 1.74%
Other Indo-European* 1,397 1.24% 1,111 0.99%
Asian Language** 478 0.43% 529 0.47%
Other 147 0.13% 301 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 112,324 100.00% 111,756 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 730 37.44%
Other Indo-European* 234 21.06%
Asian Language** 209 39.51%
Other Language 70 23.26%
Total 1,243 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 329 30.83%
Other Indo-European* 359 25.70%
Asian Language** 181 37.87%
Other Language 57 38.78%
Total 926 0.82%

* "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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