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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 76,131 96.80% 83,022 97.00%
Spanish 1,005 1.28% 1,306 1.53%
Other Indo-European* 1,186 1.51% 1,003 1.17%
Asian Language** 258 0.33% 148 0.17%
Other 67 0.09% 113 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 78,647 100.00% 85,592 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 477 36.52%
Other Indo-European* 301 30.01%
Asian Language** 58 39.19%
Other Language 34 30.09%
Total 870 1.02%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 335 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 415 34.99%
Asian Language** 117 45.35%
Other Language 16 23.88%
Total 883 1.12%

* "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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