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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 88,132 96.04% 89,030 96.04%
Spanish 839 0.91% 1,229 1.33%
Other Indo-European* 2,490 2.71% 1,955 2.11%
Asian Language** 230 0.25% 430 0.46%
Other 78 0.08% 58 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 91,769 100.00% 92,702 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 372 30.27%
Other Indo-European* 625 31.97%
Asian Language** 108 25.12%
Other Language 25 43.10%
Total 1,130 1.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 275 32.78%
Other Indo-European* 883 35.46%
Asian Language** 114 49.57%
Other Language 37 47.44%
Total 1,309 1.43%

* "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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