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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 212,523 91.04% 200,750 90.40%
Spanish 5,001 2.14% 5,983 2.69%
Other Indo-European* 13,794 5.91% 12,861 5.79%
Asian Language** 1,332 0.57% 1,862 0.84%
Other 799 0.34% 611 0.28%
Total Population Age 5+ 233,449 100.00% 222,067 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,178 36.40%
Other Indo-European* 5,374 41.79%
Asian Language** 1,237 66.43%
Other Language 179 29.30%
Total 8,968 4.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,968 39.35%
Other Indo-European* 4,056 29.40%
Asian Language** 731 54.88%
Other Language 164 20.53%
Total 6,919 2.96%

* "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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