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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 86,134 94.79% 84,839 88.23%
Spanish 1,888 2.08% 7,774 8.08%
Other Indo-European* 1,543 1.70% 1,231 1.28%
Asian Language** 965 1.06% 2,004 2.08%
Other 337 0.37% 309 0.32%
Total Population Age 5+ 90,867 100.00% 96,157 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,579 58.90%
Other Indo-European* 252 20.47%
Asian Language** 1,387 69.21%
Other Language 73 23.62%
Total 6,291 6.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 896 47.46%
Other Indo-European* 477 30.91%
Asian Language** 740 76.68%
Other Language 6 1.78%
Total 2,119 2.33%

* "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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