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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 82,880 87.32% 90,483 88.32%
Spanish 3,365 3.55% 6,034 5.89%
Other Indo-European* 7,669 8.08% 5,052 4.93%
Asian Language** 587 0.62% 529 0.52%
Other 412 0.43% 354 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 94,913 100.00% 102,452 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,395 39.69%
Other Indo-European* 1,230 24.35%
Asian Language** 271 51.23%
Other Language 77 21.75%
Total 3,973 3.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,402 41.66%
Other Indo-European* 2,311 30.13%
Asian Language** 250 42.59%
Other Language 164 39.81%
Total 4,127 4.35%

* "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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