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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 96,021 95.99% 156,275 94.15%
Spanish 1,026 1.03% 3,226 1.94%
Other Indo-European* 2,192 2.19% 3,469 2.09%
Asian Language** 703 0.70% 2,396 1.44%
Other 87 0.09% 624 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 100,029 100.00% 165,990 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,126 34.90%
Other Indo-European* 784 22.60%
Asian Language** 1,013 42.28%
Other Language 54 8.65%
Total 2,977 1.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 393 38.30%
Other Indo-European* 766 34.95%
Asian Language** 339 48.22%
Other Language 7 8.05%
Total 1,505 1.50%

* "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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