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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 72,934 91.71% 71,003 93.68%
Spanish 1,956 2.46% 1,287 1.70%
Other Indo-European* 4,101 5.16% 2,989 3.94%
Asian Language** 441 0.55% 403 0.53%
Other 93 0.12% 113 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 79,525 100.00% 75,795 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 495 38.46%
Other Indo-European* 785 26.26%
Asian Language** 174 43.18%
Other Language 17 15.04%
Total 1,471 1.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 676 34.56%
Other Indo-European* 1,004 24.48%
Asian Language** 179 40.59%
Other Language 15 16.13%
Total 1,874 2.36%

* "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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