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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 101,208 95.49% 107,445 94.23%
Spanish 1,803 1.70% 3,257 2.86%
Other Indo-European* 1,925 1.82% 2,286 2.00%
Asian Language** 638 0.60% 739 0.65%
Other 412 0.39% 298 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 105,986 100.00% 114,025 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 908 27.88%
Other Indo-European* 448 19.60%
Asian Language** 321 43.44%
Other Language 34 11.41%
Total 1,711 1.50%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 363 20.13%
Other Indo-European* 446 23.17%
Asian Language** 276 43.26%
Other Language 86 20.87%
Total 1,171 1.10%

* "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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