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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 72,377 81.75% 83,960 86.80%
Spanish 730 0.82% 1,460 1.51%
Other Indo-European* 14,823 16.74% 10,674 11.04%
Asian Language** 499 0.56% 625 0.65%
Other 108 0.12% 9 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,537 100.00% 96,728 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 572 39.18%
Other Indo-European* 2,471 23.15%
Asian Language** 311 49.76%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,354 3.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 315 43.15%
Other Indo-European* 3,805 25.67%
Asian Language** 319 63.93%
Other Language 42 38.89%
Total 4,481 5.06%

* "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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