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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 81,384 93.90% 100,424 92.03%
Spanish 3,831 4.42% 6,594 6.04%
Other Indo-European* 968 1.12% 1,671 1.53%
Asian Language** 384 0.44% 292 0.27%
Other 103 0.12% 143 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 86,670 100.00% 109,124 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,523 38.26%
Other Indo-European* 288 17.24%
Asian Language** 175 59.93%
Other Language 16 11.19%
Total 3,002 2.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,269 33.12%
Other Indo-European* 189 19.52%
Asian Language** 277 72.14%
Other Language 7 6.80%
Total 1,742 2.01%

* "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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