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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 60,104 97.00% 96,466 95.28%
Spanish 664 1.07% 1,516 1.50%
Other Indo-European* 918 1.48% 1,999 1.97%
Asian Language** 228 0.37% 1,008 1.00%
Other 49 0.08% 257 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 61,963 100.00% 101,246 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 472 31.13%
Other Indo-European* 447 22.36%
Asian Language** 386 38.29%
Other Language 33 12.84%
Total 1,338 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 232 34.94%
Other Indo-European* 137 14.92%
Asian Language** 87 38.16%
Other Language 15 30.61%
Total 471 0.76%

* "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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