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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 72,670 95.82% 85,457 95.02%
Spanish 1,311 1.73% 2,051 2.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,260 1.66% 1,465 1.63%
Asian Language** 550 0.73% 803 0.89%
Other 52 0.07% 159 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,843 100.00% 89,935 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 707 34.47%
Other Indo-European* 349 23.82%
Asian Language** 288 35.87%
Other Language 92 57.86%
Total 1,436 1.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 341 26.01%
Other Indo-European* 256 20.32%
Asian Language** 227 41.27%
Other Language 15 28.85%
Total 839 1.11%

* "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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