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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 150,363 96.65% 190,705 94.70%
Spanish 2,144 1.38% 5,787 2.87%
Other Indo-European* 2,377 1.53% 3,111 1.54%
Asian Language** 499 0.32% 1,532 0.76%
Other 187 0.12% 248 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 155,570 100.00% 201,383 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,784 48.11%
Other Indo-European* 822 26.42%
Asian Language** 662 43.21%
Other Language 72 29.03%
Total 4,340 2.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 803 37.45%
Other Indo-European* 763 32.10%
Asian Language** 241 48.30%
Other Language 84 44.92%
Total 1,891 1.22%

* "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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