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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 66,184 88.53% 75,485 88.98%
Spanish 551 0.74% 860 1.01%
Other Indo-European* 7,401 9.90% 7,876 9.28%
Asian Language** 176 0.24% 156 0.18%
Other 449 0.60% 459 0.54%
Total Population Age 5+ 74,761 100.00% 84,836 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 241 28.02%
Other Indo-European* 3,534 44.87%
Asian Language** 62 39.74%
Other Language 100 21.79%
Total 3,937 4.64%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 134 24.32%
Other Indo-European* 3,564 48.16%
Asian Language** 47 26.70%
Other Language 111 24.72%
Total 3,856 5.16%

* "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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