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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 87,190 94.26% 91,085 94.88%
Spanish 1,373 1.48% 2,292 2.39%
Other Indo-European* 2,980 3.22% 2,229 2.32%
Asian Language** 314 0.34% 122 0.13%
Other 641 0.69% 277 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 92,498 100.00% 96,005 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,019 44.46%
Other Indo-European* 715 32.08%
Asian Language** 54 44.26%
Other Language 86 31.05%
Total 1,874 1.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 668 48.65%
Other Indo-European* 869 29.16%
Asian Language** 160 50.96%
Other Language 223 34.79%
Total 1,920 2.08%

* "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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