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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 72,652 95.55% 81,312 94.00%
Spanish 1,339 1.76% 3,024 3.50%
Other Indo-European* 909 1.20% 937 1.08%
Asian Language** 860 1.13% 1,070 1.24%
Other 278 0.37% 159 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 76,038 100.00% 86,502 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,476 48.81%
Other Indo-European* 263 28.07%
Asian Language** 637 59.53%
Other Language 34 21.38%
Total 2,410 2.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 500 37.34%
Other Indo-European* 266 29.26%
Asian Language** 462 53.72%
Other Language 63 22.66%
Total 1,291 1.70%

* "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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