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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 88,479 95.49% 106,185 94.88%
Spanish 1,507 1.63% 2,329 2.08%
Other Indo-European* 1,840 1.99% 1,837 1.64%
Asian Language** 735 0.79% 1,224 1.09%
Other 97 0.10% 341 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 92,658 100.00% 111,916 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 768 32.98%
Other Indo-European* 539 29.34%
Asian Language** 550 44.93%
Other Language 71 20.82%
Total 1,928 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 285 18.91%
Other Indo-European* 443 24.08%
Asian Language** 240 32.65%
Other Language 4 4.12%
Total 972 1.05%

* "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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