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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 36,291 52.48% 53,619 60.13%
Spanish 3,333 4.82% 4,185 4.69%
Other Indo-European* 418 0.60% 619 0.69%
Asian Language** 123 0.18% 177 0.20%
Other 28,993 41.92% 30,575 34.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,158 100.00% 89,175 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,335 31.90%
Other Indo-European* 62 10.02%
Asian Language** 85 48.02%
Other Language 13,150 43.01%
Total 14,632 16.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 648 19.44%
Other Indo-European* 55 13.16%
Asian Language** 33 26.83%
Other Language 15,021 51.81%
Total 15,757 22.78%

* "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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