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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 83,082 96.32% 92,353 95.06%
Spanish 1,245 1.44% 1,976 2.03%
Other Indo-European* 1,483 1.72% 1,636 1.68%
Asian Language** 229 0.27% 865 0.89%
Other 218 0.25% 318 0.33%
Total Population Age 5+ 86,257 100.00% 97,148 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 616 31.17%
Other Indo-European* 386 23.59%
Asian Language** 329 38.03%
Other Language 108 33.96%
Total 1,439 1.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 359 28.84%
Other Indo-European* 382 25.76%
Asian Language** 109 47.60%
Other Language 54 24.77%
Total 904 1.05%

* "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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