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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 242,150 94.72% 248,148 94.11%
Spanish 2,956 1.16% 5,481 2.08%
Other Indo-European* 9,189 3.59% 8,218 3.12%
Asian Language** 880 0.34% 1,119 0.42%
Other 462 0.18% 712 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 255,637 100.00% 263,678 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,734 31.64%
Other Indo-European* 2,875 34.98%
Asian Language** 507 45.31%
Other Language 346 48.60%
Total 5,462 2.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,161 39.28%
Other Indo-European* 2,782 30.28%
Asian Language** 411 46.70%
Other Language 141 30.52%
Total 4,495 1.76%

* "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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