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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 164,190 94.17% 164,183 95.68%
Spanish 1,178 0.68% 1,860 1.08%
Other Indo-European* 8,548 4.90% 4,979 2.90%
Asian Language** 126 0.07% 260 0.15%
Other 311 0.18% 312 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 174,353 100.00% 171,594 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 496 26.67%
Other Indo-European* 1,284 25.79%
Asian Language** 140 53.85%
Other Language 83 26.60%
Total 2,003 1.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 290 24.62%
Other Indo-European* 2,534 29.64%
Asian Language** 40 31.75%
Other Language 86 27.65%
Total 2,950 1.69%

* "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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