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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 188,269 97.12% 251,800 96.01%
Spanish 1,880 0.97% 4,600 1.75%
Other Indo-European* 2,915 1.50% 4,320 1.65%
Asian Language** 706 0.36% 1,284 0.49%
Other 91 0.05% 255 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 193,861 100.00% 262,259 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,652 35.91%
Other Indo-European* 1,145 26.50%
Asian Language** 596 46.42%
Other Language 51 20.00%
Total 3,444 1.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 526 27.98%
Other Indo-European* 598 20.51%
Asian Language** 276 39.09%
Other Language 12 13.19%
Total 1,412 0.73%

* "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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