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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 182,554 92.33% 172,346 91.08%
Spanish 2,368 1.20% 3,688 1.95%
Other Indo-European* 9,685 4.90% 8,562 4.52%
Asian Language** 2,370 1.20% 3,736 1.97%
Other 738 0.37% 884 0.47%
Total Population Age 5+ 197,715 100.00% 189,216 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 946 25.65%
Other Indo-European* 2,864 33.45%
Asian Language** 1,471 39.37%
Other Language 239 27.04%
Total 5,520 2.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 629 26.56%
Other Indo-European* 2,920 30.15%
Asian Language** 1,208 50.97%
Other Language 104 14.09%
Total 4,861 2.46%

* "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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