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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 83,021 92.51% 103,373 87.98%
Spanish 5,782 6.44% 12,223 10.40%
Other Indo-European* 683 0.76% 1,058 0.90%
Asian Language** 217 0.24% 672 0.57%
Other 39 0.04% 169 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 89,742 100.00% 117,495 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,320 43.52%
Other Indo-European* 268 25.33%
Asian Language** 342 50.89%
Other Language 5 2.96%
Total 5,935 5.05%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,094 36.22%
Other Indo-European* 138 20.20%
Asian Language** 93 42.86%
Other Language 5 12.82%
Total 2,330 2.60%

* "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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