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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 73,468 96.78% 78,919 94.53%
Spanish 1,631 2.15% 3,524 4.22%
Other Indo-European* 506 0.67% 621 0.74%
Asian Language** 229 0.30% 347 0.42%
Other 75 0.10% 76 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,909 100.00% 83,487 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 910 25.82%
Other Indo-European* 191 30.76%
Asian Language** 79 22.77%
Other Language 41 53.95%
Total 1,221 1.46%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 606 37.16%
Other Indo-European* 159 31.42%
Asian Language** 89 38.86%
Other Language 33 44.00%
Total 887 1.17%

* "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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