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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 107,178 91.64% 132,474 89.89%
Spanish 5,425 4.64% 9,470 6.43%
Other Indo-European* 2,565 2.19% 3,284 2.23%
Asian Language** 1,249 1.07% 1,784 1.21%
Other 533 0.46% 356 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 116,950 100.00% 147,368 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,290 45.30%
Other Indo-European* 705 21.47%
Asian Language** 717 40.19%
Other Language 77 21.63%
Total 5,789 3.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,478 45.68%
Other Indo-European* 657 25.61%
Asian Language** 527 42.19%
Other Language 113 21.20%
Total 3,775 3.23%

* "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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