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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 81,853 92.27% 117,415 90.03%
Spanish 2,067 2.33% 6,235 4.78%
Other Indo-European* 4,259 4.80% 5,567 4.27%
Asian Language** 231 0.26% 579 0.44%
Other 299 0.34% 616 0.47%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,709 100.00% 130,412 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,266 20.30%
Other Indo-European* 1,580 28.38%
Asian Language** 299 51.64%
Other Language 140 22.73%
Total 3,285 2.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 609 29.46%
Other Indo-European* 951 22.33%
Asian Language** 111 48.05%
Other Language 81 27.09%
Total 1,752 1.97%

* "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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