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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 66,531 96.17% 79,214 95.15%
Spanish 900 1.30% 2,166 2.60%
Other Indo-European* 1,470 2.12% 1,493 1.79%
Asian Language** 235 0.34% 279 0.34%
Other 43 0.06% 97 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,179 100.00% 83,249 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,037 47.88%
Other Indo-European* 504 33.76%
Asian Language** 114 40.86%
Other Language 15 15.46%
Total 1,670 2.01%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 340 37.78%
Other Indo-European* 513 34.90%
Asian Language** 122 51.91%
Other Language 14 32.56%
Total 989 1.43%

* "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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