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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 122,026 91.27% 131,757 90.53%
Spanish 2,166 1.62% 3,807 2.62%
Other Indo-European* 8,409 6.29% 8,283 5.69%
Asian Language** 759 0.57% 1,237 0.85%
Other 345 0.26% 461 0.32%
Total Population Age 5+ 133,705 100.00% 145,545 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,189 31.23%
Other Indo-European* 2,561 30.92%
Asian Language** 527 42.60%
Other Language 137 29.72%
Total 4,414 3.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 657 30.33%
Other Indo-European* 2,547 30.29%
Asian Language** 310 40.84%
Other Language 81 23.48%
Total 3,595 2.69%

* "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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