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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 84,064 96.87% 107,946 94.55%
Spanish 1,428 1.65% 4,133 3.62%
Other Indo-European* 955 1.10% 1,100 0.96%
Asian Language** 282 0.32% 831 0.73%
Other 54 0.06% 163 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 86,783 100.00% 114,173 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,464 59.62%
Other Indo-European* 356 32.36%
Asian Language** 480 57.76%
Other Language 84 51.53%
Total 3,384 2.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 581 40.69%
Other Indo-European* 269 28.17%
Asian Language** 131 46.45%
Other Language 7 12.96%
Total 988 1.14%

* "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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