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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 103,002 96.56% 115,957 94.90%
Spanish 1,271 1.19% 2,973 2.43%
Other Indo-European* 1,474 1.38% 1,499 1.23%
Asian Language** 813 0.76% 1,553 1.27%
Other 117 0.11% 207 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 106,677 100.00% 122,189 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,169 39.32%
Other Indo-European* 423 28.22%
Asian Language** 723 46.56%
Other Language 31 14.98%
Total 2,346 1.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 531 41.78%
Other Indo-European* 364 24.69%
Asian Language** 430 52.89%
Other Language 37 31.62%
Total 1,362 1.28%

* "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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