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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 189,218 97.19% 216,725 96.01%
Spanish 1,866 0.96% 4,291 1.90%
Other Indo-European* 2,411 1.24% 2,885 1.28%
Asian Language** 1,024 0.53% 1,485 0.66%
Other 173 0.09% 353 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 194,692 100.00% 225,739 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,452 33.84%
Other Indo-European* 582 20.17%
Asian Language** 717 48.28%
Other Language 101 28.61%
Total 2,852 1.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 497 26.63%
Other Indo-European* 715 29.66%
Asian Language** 493 48.14%
Other Language 33 19.08%
Total 1,738 0.89%

* "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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