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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 79,874 94.19% 87,445 94.33%
Spanish 3,216 3.79% 3,858 4.16%
Other Indo-European* 1,208 1.42% 969 1.05%
Asian Language** 394 0.46% 281 0.30%
Other 106 0.13% 146 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 84,798 100.00% 92,699 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,323 34.29%
Other Indo-European* 197 20.33%
Asian Language** 131 46.62%
Other Language 36 24.66%
Total 1,687 1.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,104 34.33%
Other Indo-European* 323 26.74%
Asian Language** 164 41.62%
Other Language 55 51.89%
Total 1,646 1.94%

* "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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