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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 98,971 95.34% 98,294 95.00%
Spanish 1,855 1.79% 2,388 2.31%
Other Indo-European* 2,695 2.60% 2,303 2.23%
Asian Language** 162 0.16% 393 0.38%
Other 123 0.12% 89 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 103,806 100.00% 103,467 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 708 29.65%
Other Indo-European* 584 25.36%
Asian Language** 212 53.94%
Other Language 2 2.25%
Total 1,506 1.46%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 465 25.07%
Other Indo-European* 806 29.91%
Asian Language** 75 46.30%
Other Language 22 17.89%
Total 1,368 1.32%

* "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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