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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 76,359 93.17% 80,554 92.15%
Spanish 1,653 2.02% 2,259 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 2,491 3.04% 2,812 3.22%
Asian Language** 1,396 1.70% 1,653 1.89%
Other 58 0.07% 138 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 81,957 100.00% 87,416 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 677 29.97%
Other Indo-European* 561 19.95%
Asian Language** 852 51.54%
Other Language 53 38.41%
Total 2,143 2.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 485 29.34%
Other Indo-European* 553 22.20%
Asian Language** 598 42.84%
Other Language 31 53.45%
Total 1,667 2.03%

* "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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