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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 69,969 90.31% 77,373 86.80%
Spanish 1,944 2.51% 4,582 5.14%
Other Indo-European* 4,886 6.31% 6,147 6.90%
Asian Language** 411 0.53% 610 0.68%
Other 267 0.34% 426 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 77,477 100.00% 89,138 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,888 41.20%
Other Indo-European* 1,856 30.19%
Asian Language** 225 36.89%
Other Language 105 24.65%
Total 4,074 4.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 528 27.16%
Other Indo-European* 1,392 28.49%
Asian Language** 110 26.76%
Other Language 62 23.22%
Total 2,092 2.70%

* "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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