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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 66,509 89.06% 67,987 83.86%
Spanish 5,945 7.96% 10,656 13.14%
Other Indo-European* 1,514 2.03% 1,582 1.95%
Asian Language** 388 0.52% 539 0.66%
Other 319 0.43% 311 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 74,675 100.00% 81,075 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,780 54.24%
Other Indo-European* 342 21.62%
Asian Language** 195 36.18%
Other Language 52 16.72%
Total 6,369 7.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,075 51.72%
Other Indo-European* 457 30.18%
Asian Language** 218 56.19%
Other Language 54 16.93%
Total 3,804 5.09%

* "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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