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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 100,811 94.37% 109,020 92.62%
Spanish 677 0.63% 1,322 1.12%
Other Indo-European* 3,590 3.36% 2,829 2.40%
Asian Language** 1,675 1.57% 4,488 3.81%
Other 77 0.07% 53 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 106,830 100.00% 117,712 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 524 39.64%
Other Indo-European* 835 29.52%
Asian Language** 2,693 60.00%
Other Language 9 16.98%
Total 4,061 3.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 220 32.50%
Other Indo-European* 1,062 29.58%
Asian Language** 1,011 60.36%
Other Language 15 19.48%
Total 2,308 2.16%

* "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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