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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 74,458 97.72% 76,871 97.33%
Spanish 756 0.99% 753 0.95%
Other Indo-European* 778 1.02% 1,009 1.28%
Asian Language** 152 0.20% 323 0.41%
Other 50 0.07% 26 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 76,194 100.00% 78,982 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 252 33.47%
Other Indo-European* 295 29.24%
Asian Language** 189 58.51%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 736 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 163 21.56%
Other Indo-European* 277 35.60%
Asian Language** 65 42.76%
Other Language 30 60.00%
Total 535 0.70%

* "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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