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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 66,850 96.47% 78,494 95.66%
Spanish 972 1.40% 2,104 2.56%
Other Indo-European* 1,241 1.79% 1,157 1.41%
Asian Language** 156 0.23% 153 0.19%
Other 79 0.11% 143 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,298 100.00% 82,051 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,003 47.67%
Other Indo-European* 307 26.53%
Asian Language** 51 33.33%
Other Language 44 30.77%
Total 1,405 1.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 278 28.60%
Other Indo-European* 287 23.13%
Asian Language** 84 53.85%
Other Language 29 36.71%
Total 678 0.98%

* "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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