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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 133,366 92.60% 156,669 87.41%
Spanish 5,910 4.10% 16,889 9.42%
Other Indo-European* 3,161 2.19% 3,325 1.86%
Asian Language** 1,337 0.93% 2,001 1.12%
Other 255 0.18% 354 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 144,029 100.00% 179,238 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,918 46.88%
Other Indo-European* 720 21.65%
Asian Language** 751 37.53%
Other Language 88 24.86%
Total 9,477 5.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,002 33.87%
Other Indo-European* 959 30.34%
Asian Language** 677 50.64%
Other Language 61 23.92%
Total 3,699 2.57%

* "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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