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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 131,315 96.17% 135,923 96.91%
Spanish 791 0.58% 1,287 0.92%
Other Indo-European* 3,964 2.90% 2,590 1.85%
Asian Language** 132 0.10% 253 0.18%
Other 345 0.25% 201 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 136,547 100.00% 140,254 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 444 34.50%
Other Indo-European* 523 20.19%
Asian Language** 144 56.92%
Other Language 36 17.91%
Total 1,147 0.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 289 36.54%
Other Indo-European* 1,115 28.13%
Asian Language** 37 28.03%
Other Language 89 25.80%
Total 1,530 1.12%

* "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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