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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 72,450 96.45% 75,866 96.10%
Spanish 822 1.09% 1,639 2.08%
Other Indo-European* 1,403 1.87% 958 1.21%
Asian Language** 380 0.51% 410 0.52%
Other 58 0.08% 70 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,113 100.00% 78,943 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 522 31.85%
Other Indo-European* 252 26.30%
Asian Language** 223 54.39%
Other Language 12 17.14%
Total 1,009 1.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 322 39.17%
Other Indo-European* 571 40.70%
Asian Language** 115 30.26%
Other Language 8 13.79%
Total 1,016 1.35%

* "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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