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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 86,008 83.22% 87,307 74.75%
Spanish 11,294 10.93% 22,591 19.34%
Other Indo-European* 3,682 3.56% 3,688 3.16%
Asian Language** 2,042 1.98% 2,672 2.29%
Other 323 0.31% 537 0.46%
Total Population Age 5+ 103,349 100.00% 116,795 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 13,489 59.71%
Other Indo-European* 836 22.67%
Asian Language** 1,021 38.21%
Other Language 136 25.33%
Total 15,482 13.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,437 56.99%
Other Indo-European* 921 25.01%
Asian Language** 797 39.03%
Other Language 130 40.25%
Total 8,285 8.02%

* "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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