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LANGUAGE

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 88,142 94.73% 105,654 93.85%
Spanish 1,628 1.75% 3,195 2.84%
Other Indo-European* 1,970 2.12% 1,945 1.73%
Asian Language** 1,279 1.37% 1,607 1.43%
Other 28 0.03% 177 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 93,047 100.00% 112,578 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,208 37.81%
Other Indo-European* 554 28.48%
Asian Language** 813 50.59%
Other Language 74 41.81%
Total 2,649 2.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 392 24.08%
Other Indo-European* 374 18.98%
Asian Language** 594 46.44%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,360 1.46%

* "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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