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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 132,794 95.37% 139,307 94.39%
Spanish 2,709 1.95% 3,980 2.70%
Other Indo-European* 2,810 2.02% 2,291 1.55%
Asian Language** 776 0.56% 1,684 1.14%
Other 155 0.11% 331 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 139,244 100.00% 147,593 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,569 39.42%
Other Indo-European* 710 30.99%
Asian Language** 1,007 59.80%
Other Language 79 23.87%
Total 3,365 2.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 943 34.81%
Other Indo-European* 909 32.35%
Asian Language** 439 56.57%
Other Language 16 10.32%
Total 2,307 1.66%

* "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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