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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 72,330 81.02% 78,473 75.33%
Spanish 14,022 15.71% 22,324 21.43%
Other Indo-European* 731 0.82% 802 0.77%
Asian Language** 2,003 2.24% 2,417 2.32%
Other 186 0.21% 159 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 89,272 100.00% 104,175 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,449 37.85%
Other Indo-European* 181 22.57%
Asian Language** 1,393 57.63%
Other Language 55 34.59%
Total 10,078 9.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,236 37.34%
Other Indo-European* 118 16.14%
Asian Language** 1,387 69.25%
Other Language 114 61.29%
Total 6,855 7.68%

* "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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