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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 188,377 93.90% 199,368 93.32%
Spanish 1,565 0.78% 4,036 1.89%
Other Indo-European* 8,429 4.20% 7,883 3.69%
Asian Language** 752 0.37% 1,178 0.55%
Other 1,498 0.75% 1,181 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 200,621 100.00% 213,646 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,071 51.31%
Other Indo-European* 2,462 31.23%
Asian Language** 481 40.83%
Other Language 249 21.08%
Total 5,263 2.46%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 392 25.05%
Other Indo-European* 2,678 31.77%
Asian Language** 305 40.56%
Other Language 405 27.04%
Total 3,780 1.88%

* "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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