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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 124,028 96.13% 140,883 94.04%
Spanish 1,246 0.97% 3,697 2.47%
Other Indo-European* 2,297 1.78% 2,074 1.38%
Asian Language** 1,234 0.96% 2,824 1.89%
Other 220 0.17% 331 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 129,025 100.00% 149,809 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,710 46.25%
Other Indo-European* 470 22.66%
Asian Language** 1,687 59.74%
Other Language 58 17.52%
Total 3,925 2.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 479 38.44%
Other Indo-European* 597 25.99%
Asian Language** 894 72.45%
Other Language 52 23.64%
Total 2,022 1.57%

* "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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