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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 85,245 95.78% 90,472 93.58%
Spanish 1,558 1.75% 4,162 4.31%
Other Indo-European* 1,739 1.95% 1,345 1.39%
Asian Language** 372 0.42% 564 0.58%
Other 90 0.10% 132 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 89,004 100.00% 96,675 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,123 51.01%
Other Indo-European* 323 24.01%
Asian Language** 268 47.52%
Other Language 11 8.33%
Total 2,725 2.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 481 30.87%
Other Indo-European* 425 24.44%
Asian Language** 109 29.30%
Other Language 37 41.11%
Total 1,052 1.18%

* "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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