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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 113,927 93.24% 127,002 91.98%
Spanish 747 0.61% 1,687 1.22%
Other Indo-European* 6,553 5.36% 7,206 5.22%
Asian Language** 679 0.56% 1,743 1.26%
Other 284 0.23% 435 0.32%
Total Population Age 5+ 122,190 100.00% 138,073 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 437 25.90%
Other Indo-European* 1,972 27.37%
Asian Language** 1,012 58.06%
Other Language 36 8.28%
Total 3,457 2.50%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 134 17.94%
Other Indo-European* 1,455 22.20%
Asian Language** 324 47.72%
Other Language 31 10.92%
Total 1,944 1.59%

* "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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