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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 93,098 92.98% 104,053 91.38%
Spanish 1,441 1.44% 2,750 2.42%
Other Indo-European* 4,393 4.39% 5,598 4.92%
Asian Language** 676 0.68% 1,160 1.02%
Other 524 0.52% 305 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 100,132 100.00% 113,866 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 989 35.96%
Other Indo-European* 1,092 19.51%
Asian Language** 380 32.76%
Other Language 45 14.75%
Total 2,506 2.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 494 34.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,024 23.31%
Asian Language** 245 36.24%
Other Language 116 22.14%
Total 1,879 1.88%

* "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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