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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 98,235 96.88% 110,937 90.65%
Spanish 1,572 1.55% 8,894 7.27%
Other Indo-European* 1,403 1.38% 1,538 1.26%
Asian Language** 149 0.15% 824 0.67%
Other 37 0.04% 185 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 101,396 100.00% 122,378 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,143 69.07%
Other Indo-European* 502 32.64%
Asian Language** 345 41.87%
Other Language 71 38.38%
Total 7,061 5.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 634 40.33%
Other Indo-European* 356 25.37%
Asian Language** 44 29.53%
Other Language 5 13.51%
Total 1,039 1.02%

* "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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