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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 214,530 96.52% 260,104 94.34%
Spanish 1,640 0.74% 4,623 1.68%
Other Indo-European* 4,046 1.82% 6,266 2.27%
Asian Language** 1,615 0.73% 3,005 1.09%
Other 435 0.20% 1,718 0.62%
Total Population Age 5+ 222,266 100.00% 275,716 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,877 40.60%
Other Indo-European* 1,965 31.36%
Asian Language** 1,724 57.37%
Other Language 517 30.09%
Total 6,083 2.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 460 28.05%
Other Indo-European* 1,132 27.98%
Asian Language** 871 53.93%
Other Language 108 24.83%
Total 2,571 1.16%

* "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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