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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 125,577 96.24% 138,914 94.26%
Spanish 1,150 0.88% 3,678 2.50%
Other Indo-European* 2,548 1.95% 2,525 1.71%
Asian Language** 1,092 0.84% 2,058 1.40%
Other 116 0.09% 193 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 130,483 100.00% 147,368 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,437 39.07%
Other Indo-European* 665 26.34%
Asian Language** 1,117 54.28%
Other Language 44 22.80%
Total 3,263 2.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 376 32.70%
Other Indo-European* 641 25.16%
Asian Language** 716 65.57%
Other Language 48 41.38%
Total 1,781 1.36%

* "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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