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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 122,365 95.84% 131,546 94.46%
Spanish 1,516 1.19% 2,411 1.73%
Other Indo-European* 2,488 1.95% 2,923 2.10%
Asian Language** 1,015 0.79% 1,892 1.36%
Other 297 0.23% 496 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 127,681 100.00% 139,268 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 727 30.15%
Other Indo-European* 754 25.80%
Asian Language** 967 51.11%
Other Language 113 22.78%
Total 2,561 1.84%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 384 25.33%
Other Indo-European* 713 28.66%
Asian Language** 459 45.22%
Other Language 43 14.48%
Total 1,599 1.25%

* "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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