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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 107,795 96.00% 110,027 95.82%
Spanish 996 0.89% 1,957 1.70%
Other Indo-European* 3,081 2.74% 2,449 2.13%
Asian Language** 281 0.25% 272 0.24%
Other 131 0.12% 125 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 112,284 100.00% 114,830 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 635 32.45%
Other Indo-European* 661 26.99%
Asian Language** 101 37.13%
Other Language 19 15.20%
Total 1,416 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 323 32.43%
Other Indo-European* 730 23.69%
Asian Language** 139 49.47%
Other Language 23 17.56%
Total 1,215 1.08%

* "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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