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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 162,082 95.31% 160,741 94.04%
Spanish 2,614 1.54% 3,969 2.32%
Other Indo-European* 3,787 2.23% 3,444 2.01%
Asian Language** 1,040 0.61% 1,720 1.01%
Other 543 0.32% 1,052 0.62%
Total Population Age 5+ 170,066 100.00% 170,926 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,510 38.04%
Other Indo-European* 853 24.77%
Asian Language** 788 45.81%
Other Language 265 25.19%
Total 3,416 2.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 939 35.92%
Other Indo-European* 1,110 29.31%
Asian Language** 590 56.73%
Other Language 174 32.04%
Total 2,813 1.65%

* "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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