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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 121,005 96.05% 122,810 95.18%
Spanish 1,849 1.47% 3,331 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 2,315 1.84% 1,723 1.34%
Asian Language** 674 0.53% 978 0.76%
Other 139 0.11% 183 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 125,982 100.00% 129,025 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,415 42.48%
Other Indo-European* 381 22.11%
Asian Language** 537 54.91%
Other Language 101 55.19%
Total 2,434 1.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 512 27.69%
Other Indo-European* 678 29.29%
Asian Language** 398 59.05%
Other Language 25 17.99%
Total 1,613 1.28%

* "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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