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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 160,176 95.41% 177,563 94.66%
Spanish 1,697 1.01% 2,647 1.41%
Other Indo-European* 5,148 3.07% 6,038 3.22%
Asian Language** 542 0.32% 926 0.49%
Other 320 0.19% 398 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 167,883 100.00% 187,572 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 783 29.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,333 22.08%
Asian Language** 303 32.72%
Other Language 63 15.83%
Total 2,482 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 360 21.21%
Other Indo-European* 1,281 24.88%
Asian Language** 159 29.34%
Other Language 59 18.44%
Total 1,859 1.11%

* "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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