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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 74,935 94.82% 101,637 90.12%
Spanish 1,733 2.19% 8,000 7.09%
Other Indo-European* 1,703 2.15% 2,272 2.01%
Asian Language** 511 0.65% 721 0.64%
Other 146 0.18% 153 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 79,028 100.00% 112,783 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,321 54.01%
Other Indo-European* 411 18.09%
Asian Language** 247 34.26%
Other Language 42 27.45%
Total 5,021 4.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 557 32.14%
Other Indo-European* 439 25.78%
Asian Language** 151 29.55%
Other Language 23 15.75%
Total 1,170 1.48%

* "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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