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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 70,886 97.80% 82,156 96.06%
Spanish 886 1.22% 1,956 2.29%
Other Indo-European* 524 0.72% 744 0.87%
Asian Language** 159 0.22% 528 0.62%
Other 22 0.03% 143 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 72,477 100.00% 85,527 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 904 46.22%
Other Indo-European* 208 27.96%
Asian Language** 218 41.29%
Other Language 23 16.08%
Total 1,353 1.58%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 326 36.79%
Other Indo-European* 137 26.15%
Asian Language** 126 79.25%
Other Language 0 -
Total 589 0.81%

* "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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