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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 72,863 96.24% 101,914 90.88%
Spanish 2,073 2.74% 8,700 7.76%
Other Indo-European* 694 0.92% 1,088 0.97%
Asian Language** 53 0.07% 347 0.31%
Other 28 0.04% 97 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,711 100.00% 112,146 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,636 64.78%
Other Indo-European* 291 26.75%
Asian Language** 129 37.18%
Other Language 78 80.41%
Total 6,134 5.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,017 49.06%
Other Indo-European* 252 36.31%
Asian Language** 29 54.72%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,298 1.71%

* "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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