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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 108,301 95.48% 133,098 94.72%
Spanish 829 0.73% 1,682 1.20%
Other Indo-European* 3,526 3.11% 4,769 3.39%
Asian Language** 315 0.28% 538 0.38%
Other 455 0.40% 425 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 113,426 100.00% 140,512 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 406 24.14%
Other Indo-European* 1,557 32.65%
Asian Language** 181 33.64%
Other Language 149 35.06%
Total 2,293 1.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 261 31.48%
Other Indo-European* 1,343 38.09%
Asian Language** 113 35.87%
Other Language 175 38.46%
Total 1,892 1.67%

* "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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