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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 68,890 93.18% 85,002 88.29%
Spanish 2,992 4.05% 8,255 8.57%
Other Indo-European* 1,414 1.91% 1,758 1.83%
Asian Language** 488 0.66% 1,104 1.15%
Other 151 0.20% 158 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 73,935 100.00% 96,277 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,964 60.13%
Other Indo-European* 542 30.83%
Asian Language** 496 44.93%
Other Language 67 42.41%
Total 6,069 6.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,265 42.28%
Other Indo-European* 352 24.89%
Asian Language** 194 39.75%
Other Language 19 12.58%
Total 1,830 2.48%

* "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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