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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 89,776 93.09% 96,241 91.32%
Spanish 1,158 1.20% 3,192 3.03%
Other Indo-European* 4,006 4.15% 2,665 2.53%
Asian Language** 1,410 1.46% 3,174 3.01%
Other 85 0.09% 112 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,435 100.00% 105,384 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,353 42.39%
Other Indo-European* 660 24.77%
Asian Language** 1,985 62.54%
Other Language 26 23.21%
Total 4,024 3.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 471 40.67%
Other Indo-European* 996 24.86%
Asian Language** 1,072 76.03%
Other Language 0 -
Total 2,539 2.63%

* "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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