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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 98,073 93.76% 118,117 92.90%
Spanish 1,679 1.61% 2,692 2.12%
Other Indo-European* 2,100 2.01% 2,995 2.36%
Asian Language** 2,247 2.15% 2,472 1.94%
Other 500 0.48% 867 0.68%
Total Population Age 5+ 104,599 100.00% 127,143 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 919 34.14%
Other Indo-European* 676 22.57%
Asian Language** 1,331 53.84%
Other Language 189 21.80%
Total 3,115 2.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 387 23.05%
Other Indo-European* 477 22.71%
Asian Language** 1,449 64.49%
Other Language 81 16.20%
Total 2,394 2.29%

* "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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