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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 129,368 96.16% 146,860 95.92%
Spanish 1,187 0.88% 2,154 1.41%
Other Indo-European* 3,421 2.54% 3,290 2.15%
Asian Language** 184 0.14% 364 0.24%
Other 378 0.28% 437 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 134,538 100.00% 153,105 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 837 38.86%
Other Indo-European* 804 24.44%
Asian Language** 129 35.44%
Other Language 180 41.19%
Total 1,950 1.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 304 25.61%
Other Indo-European* 832 24.32%
Asian Language** 59 32.07%
Other Language 99 26.19%
Total 1,294 0.96%

* "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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