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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 65,564 94.57% 75,056 93.83%
Spanish 960 1.38% 1,755 2.19%
Other Indo-European* 2,278 3.29% 2,091 2.61%
Asian Language** 513 0.74% 1,035 1.29%
Other 14 0.02% 55 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,329 100.00% 79,992 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 487 27.75%
Other Indo-European* 661 31.61%
Asian Language** 369 35.65%
Other Language 8 14.55%
Total 1,525 1.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 339 35.31%
Other Indo-European* 851 37.36%
Asian Language** 185 36.06%
Other Language 6 42.86%
Total 1,381 1.99%

* "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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