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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 75,885 95.96% 89,874 96.31%
Spanish 780 0.99% 1,452 1.56%
Other Indo-European* 2,138 2.70% 1,687 1.81%
Asian Language** 166 0.21% 225 0.24%
Other 113 0.14% 77 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 79,082 100.00% 93,315 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 539 37.12%
Other Indo-European* 600 35.57%
Asian Language** 108 48.00%
Other Language 46 59.74%
Total 1,293 1.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 237 30.38%
Other Indo-European* 609 28.48%
Asian Language** 61 36.75%
Other Language 37 32.74%
Total 944 1.19%

* "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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