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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 83,500 94.51% 82,002 95.68%
Spanish 1,770 2.00% 1,329 1.55%
Other Indo-European* 2,615 2.96% 1,864 2.17%
Asian Language** 317 0.36% 425 0.50%
Other 153 0.17% 87 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,355 100.00% 85,707 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 390 29.35%
Other Indo-European* 475 25.48%
Asian Language** 140 32.94%
Other Language 23 26.44%
Total 1,028 1.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 699 39.49%
Other Indo-European* 776 29.67%
Asian Language** 187 58.99%
Other Language 35 22.88%
Total 1,697 1.92%

* "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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