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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 70,305 91.67% 86,424 91.54%
Spanish 1,779 2.32% 2,436 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,883 2.46% 2,333 2.47%
Asian Language** 2,030 2.65% 2,357 2.50%
Other 697 0.91% 861 0.91%
Total Population Age 5+ 76,694 100.00% 94,411 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 717 29.43%
Other Indo-European* 422 18.09%
Asian Language** 1,180 50.06%
Other Language 287 33.33%
Total 2,606 2.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 479 26.93%
Other Indo-European* 431 22.89%
Asian Language** 1,259 62.02%
Other Language 240 34.43%
Total 2,409 3.14%

* "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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