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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 103,331 94.11% 116,753 93.72%
Spanish 686 0.62% 2,241 1.80%
Other Indo-European* 5,440 4.95% 3,959 3.18%
Asian Language** 301 0.27% 1,352 1.09%
Other 40 0.04% 266 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 109,798 100.00% 124,571 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 938 41.86%
Other Indo-European* 853 21.55%
Asian Language** 765 56.58%
Other Language 82 30.83%
Total 2,638 2.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 180 26.24%
Other Indo-European* 1,526 28.05%
Asian Language** 105 34.88%
Other Language 12 30.00%
Total 1,823 1.66%

* "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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