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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 103,418 96.69% 140,291 96.31%
Spanish 669 0.63% 1,619 1.11%
Other Indo-European* 2,393 2.24% 2,708 1.86%
Asian Language** 214 0.20% 645 0.44%
Other 263 0.25% 401 0.28%
Total Population Age 5+ 106,957 100.00% 145,664 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 526 32.49%
Other Indo-European* 476 17.58%
Asian Language** 316 48.99%
Other Language 103 25.69%
Total 1,421 0.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 149 22.27%
Other Indo-European* 545 22.77%
Asian Language** 98 45.79%
Other Language 57 21.67%
Total 849 0.79%

* "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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