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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 118,466 97.18% 146,479 95.37%
Spanish 1,416 1.16% 4,122 2.68%
Other Indo-European* 1,320 1.08% 1,728 1.13%
Asian Language** 645 0.53% 1,066 0.69%
Other 57 0.05% 196 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 121,904 100.00% 153,591 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,961 47.57%
Other Indo-European* 459 26.56%
Asian Language** 514 48.22%
Other Language 45 22.96%
Total 2,979 1.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 374 26.41%
Other Indo-European* 394 29.85%
Asian Language** 340 52.71%
Other Language 21 36.84%
Total 1,129 0.93%

* "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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