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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 61,528 69.92% 77,374 71.79%
Spanish 5,446 6.19% 7,048 6.54%
Other Indo-European* 1,202 1.37% 1,386 1.29%
Asian Language** 482 0.55% 514 0.48%
Other 19,345 21.98% 21,453 19.91%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,003 100.00% 107,775 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,878 40.83%
Other Indo-European* 279 20.13%
Asian Language** 175 34.05%
Other Language 7,504 34.98%
Total 10,836 10.05%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,768 32.46%
Other Indo-European* 233 19.38%
Asian Language** 253 52.49%
Other Language 8,961 46.32%
Total 11,215 12.74%

* "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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