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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 140,848 96.34% 151,625 95.56%
Spanish 2,149 1.47% 4,161 2.62%
Other Indo-European* 2,491 1.70% 2,169 1.37%
Asian Language** 428 0.29% 434 0.27%
Other 276 0.19% 280 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 146,192 100.00% 158,669 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,771 42.56%
Other Indo-European* 606 27.94%
Asian Language** 245 56.45%
Other Language 100 35.71%
Total 2,722 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 708 32.95%
Other Indo-European* 797 32.00%
Asian Language** 223 52.10%
Other Language 32 11.59%
Total 1,760 1.20%

* "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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