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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 94,522 92.97% 143,456 90.26%
Spanish 4,544 4.47% 11,173 7.03%
Other Indo-European* 1,842 1.81% 2,818 1.77%
Asian Language** 326 0.32% 660 0.42%
Other 433 0.43% 824 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 101,667 100.00% 158,931 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,856 43.46%
Other Indo-European* 602 21.36%
Asian Language** 236 35.76%
Other Language 213 25.85%
Total 5,907 3.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,296 28.52%
Other Indo-European* 274 14.88%
Asian Language** 121 37.12%
Other Language 172 39.72%
Total 1,863 1.83%

* "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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