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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 379,155 95.42% 386,259 95.47%
Spanish 5,816 1.46% 7,556 1.87%
Other Indo-European* 8,564 2.16% 6,256 1.55%
Asian Language** 1,341 0.34% 1,645 0.41%
Other 2,487 0.63% 2,870 0.71%
Total Population Age 5+ 397,363 100.00% 404,586 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,227 29.47%
Other Indo-European* 1,551 24.79%
Asian Language** 660 40.12%
Other Language 674 23.48%
Total 5,112 1.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,762 30.30%
Other Indo-European* 2,359 27.55%
Asian Language** 566 42.21%
Other Language 645 25.93%
Total 5,332 1.34%

* "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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