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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 109,918 91.64% 115,455 89.98%
Spanish 1,630 1.36% 3,692 2.88%
Other Indo-European* 6,527 5.44% 6,930 5.40%
Asian Language** 1,365 1.14% 1,839 1.43%
Other 506 0.42% 392 0.31%
Total Population Age 5+ 119,946 100.00% 128,308 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,005 27.22%
Other Indo-European* 1,346 19.42%
Asian Language** 947 51.50%
Other Language 77 19.64%
Total 3,375 2.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 543 33.31%
Other Indo-European* 1,577 24.16%
Asian Language** 745 54.58%
Other Language 97 19.17%
Total 2,962 2.47%

* "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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