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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 93,853 97.73% 116,887 95.98%
Spanish 883 0.92% 2,729 2.24%
Other Indo-European* 1,105 1.15% 1,295 1.06%
Asian Language** 156 0.16% 619 0.51%
Other 39 0.04% 259 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,036 100.00% 121,789 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,278 46.83%
Other Indo-European* 294 22.70%
Asian Language** 232 37.48%
Other Language 81 31.27%
Total 1,885 1.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 302 34.20%
Other Indo-European* 411 37.19%
Asian Language** 39 25.00%
Other Language 3 7.69%
Total 755 0.79%

* "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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