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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 94,091 97.67% 110,425 96.73%
Spanish 821 0.85% 1,712 1.50%
Other Indo-European* 1,120 1.16% 1,418 1.24%
Asian Language** 216 0.22% 479 0.42%
Other 90 0.09% 128 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,338 100.00% 114,162 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 540 31.54%
Other Indo-European* 373 26.30%
Asian Language** 215 44.89%
Other Language 27 21.09%
Total 1,155 1.01%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 292 35.57%
Other Indo-European* 250 22.32%
Asian Language** 95 43.98%
Other Language 41 45.56%
Total 678 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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