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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 64,581 92.41% 68,719 90.65%
Spanish 957 1.37% 1,828 2.41%
Other Indo-European* 1,713 2.45% 2,058 2.71%
Asian Language** 2,196 3.14% 2,718 3.59%
Other 438 0.63% 488 0.64%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,885 100.00% 75,811 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 591 32.33%
Other Indo-European* 450 21.87%
Asian Language** 1,630 59.97%
Other Language 150 30.74%
Total 2,821 3.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 354 36.99%
Other Indo-European* 458 26.74%
Asian Language** 1,388 63.21%
Other Language 109 24.89%
Total 2,309 3.30%

* "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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