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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 137,334 96.90% 157,969 96.93%
Spanish 994 0.70% 1,545 0.95%
Other Indo-European* 2,906 2.05% 2,715 1.67%
Asian Language** 382 0.27% 582 0.36%
Other 111 0.08% 161 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 141,727 100.00% 162,972 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 415 26.86%
Other Indo-European* 499 18.38%
Asian Language** 206 35.40%
Other Language 23 14.29%
Total 1,143 0.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 308 30.99%
Other Indo-European* 827 28.46%
Asian Language** 145 37.96%
Other Language 43 38.74%
Total 1,323 0.93%

* "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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