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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 107,640 91.18% 125,839 90.30%
Spanish 3,966 3.36% 7,435 5.34%
Other Indo-European* 5,758 4.88% 4,871 3.50%
Asian Language** 397 0.34% 812 0.58%
Other 296 0.25% 401 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 118,057 100.00% 139,358 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,843 38.24%
Other Indo-European* 1,417 29.09%
Asian Language** 286 35.22%
Other Language 144 35.91%
Total 4,690 3.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,674 42.21%
Other Indo-European* 1,706 29.63%
Asian Language** 168 42.32%
Other Language 100 33.78%
Total 3,648 3.09%

* "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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