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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 65,424 93.50% 73,712 92.62%
Spanish 676 0.97% 1,459 1.83%
Other Indo-European* 1,948 2.78% 1,941 2.44%
Asian Language** 1,647 2.35% 1,992 2.50%
Other 276 0.39% 485 0.61%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,971 100.00% 79,589 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 463 31.73%
Other Indo-European* 500 25.76%
Asian Language** 965 48.44%
Other Language 79 16.29%
Total 2,007 2.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 231 34.17%
Other Indo-European* 379 19.46%
Asian Language** 820 49.79%
Other Language 58 21.01%
Total 1,488 2.13%

* "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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