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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 146,575 95.37% 138,860 95.86%
Spanish 1,081 0.70% 1,983 1.37%
Other Indo-European* 5,573 3.63% 3,204 2.21%
Asian Language** 110 0.07% 486 0.34%
Other 347 0.23% 324 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 153,686 100.00% 144,857 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 733 36.96%
Other Indo-European* 737 23.00%
Asian Language** 251 51.65%
Other Language 65 20.06%
Total 1,786 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 317 29.32%
Other Indo-European* 1,406 25.23%
Asian Language** 61 55.45%
Other Language 128 36.89%
Total 1,912 1.24%

* "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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