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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 96,867 96.63% 117,685 93.97%
Spanish 1,559 1.56% 4,780 3.82%
Other Indo-European* 1,356 1.35% 1,644 1.31%
Asian Language** 367 0.37% 692 0.55%
Other 99 0.10% 437 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 100,248 100.00% 125,238 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,553 53.41%
Other Indo-European* 307 18.67%
Asian Language** 306 44.22%
Other Language 91 20.82%
Total 3,257 2.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 508 32.58%
Other Indo-European* 430 31.71%
Asian Language** 164 44.69%
Other Language 53 53.54%
Total 1,155 1.15%

* "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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