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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 75,215 95.05% 82,293 93.85%
Spanish 608 0.77% 1,385 1.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,656 2.09% 1,828 2.08%
Asian Language** 1,580 2.00% 2,030 2.32%
Other 76 0.10% 146 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 79,135 100.00% 87,682 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 436 31.48%
Other Indo-European* 531 29.05%
Asian Language** 862 42.46%
Other Language 74 50.68%
Total 1,903 2.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 223 36.68%
Other Indo-European* 560 33.82%
Asian Language** 1,088 68.86%
Other Language 12 15.79%
Total 1,883 2.38%

* "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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