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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 87,377 94.68% 96,611 90.64%
Spanish 1,194 1.29% 5,827 5.47%
Other Indo-European* 1,090 1.18% 948 0.89%
Asian Language** 2,471 2.68% 2,956 2.77%
Other 159 0.17% 248 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 92,291 100.00% 106,590 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,594 61.68%
Other Indo-European* 200 21.10%
Asian Language** 1,757 59.44%
Other Language 48 19.35%
Total 5,599 5.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 383 32.08%
Other Indo-European* 266 24.40%
Asian Language** 1,349 54.59%
Other Language 42 26.42%
Total 2,040 2.21%

* "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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