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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 67,349 97.58% 78,630 95.60%
Spanish 838 1.21% 2,155 2.62%
Other Indo-European* 728 1.05% 1,069 1.30%
Asian Language** 58 0.08% 286 0.35%
Other 45 0.07% 106 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,018 100.00% 82,246 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 961 44.59%
Other Indo-European* 363 33.96%
Asian Language** 201 70.28%
Other Language 22 20.75%
Total 1,547 1.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 414 49.40%
Other Indo-European* 344 47.25%
Asian Language** 36 62.07%
Other Language 22 48.89%
Total 816 1.18%

* "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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