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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 79,597 97.76% 81,252 98.06%
Spanish 570 0.70% 643 0.78%
Other Indo-European* 935 1.15% 636 0.77%
Asian Language** 269 0.33% 248 0.30%
Other 50 0.06% 84 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 81,421 100.00% 82,863 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 189 29.39%
Other Indo-European* 92 14.47%
Asian Language** 82 33.06%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 363 0.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 230 40.35%
Other Indo-European* 289 30.91%
Asian Language** 76 28.25%
Other Language 0 -
Total 595 0.73%

* "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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