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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 138,441 89.20% 155,360 91.26%
Spanish 1,081 0.70% 2,655 1.56%
Other Indo-European* 15,342 9.89% 11,316 6.65%
Asian Language** 231 0.15% 674 0.40%
Other 104 0.07% 231 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 155,199 100.00% 170,236 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 755 28.44%
Other Indo-European* 2,362 20.87%
Asian Language** 353 52.37%
Other Language 49 21.21%
Total 3,519 2.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 298 27.57%
Other Indo-European* 4,427 28.86%
Asian Language** 139 60.17%
Other Language 32 30.77%
Total 4,896 3.15%

* "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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