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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 78,816 97.72% 96,438 96.77%
Spanish 648 0.80% 1,325 1.33%
Other Indo-European* 652 0.81% 1,180 1.18%
Asian Language** 351 0.44% 572 0.57%
Other 188 0.23% 147 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 80,655 100.00% 99,662 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 370 27.92%
Other Indo-European* 240 20.34%
Asian Language** 435 76.05%
Other Language 62 42.18%
Total 1,107 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 206 31.79%
Other Indo-European* 206 31.60%
Asian Language** 150 42.74%
Other Language 9 4.79%
Total 571 0.71%

* "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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