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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 118,784 96.26% 130,864 96.02%
Spanish 1,496 1.21% 2,044 1.50%
Other Indo-European* 2,604 2.11% 2,346 1.72%
Asian Language** 256 0.21% 501 0.37%
Other 260 0.21% 536 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 123,400 100.00% 136,291 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 727 35.57%
Other Indo-European* 666 28.39%
Asian Language** 283 56.49%
Other Language 166 30.97%
Total 1,842 1.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 514 34.36%
Other Indo-European* 665 25.54%
Asian Language** 155 60.55%
Other Language 78 30.00%
Total 1,412 1.14%

* "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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