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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 67,186 96.29% 102,487 94.64%
Spanish 1,173 1.68% 3,582 3.31%
Other Indo-European* 1,096 1.57% 1,532 1.41%
Asian Language** 203 0.29% 500 0.46%
Other 115 0.16% 192 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,773 100.00% 108,293 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,574 43.94%
Other Indo-European* 286 18.67%
Asian Language** 191 38.20%
Other Language 12 6.25%
Total 2,063 1.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 438 37.34%
Other Indo-European* 256 23.36%
Asian Language** 133 65.52%
Other Language 13 11.30%
Total 840 1.20%

* "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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