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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 70,136 96.05% 86,082 95.16%
Spanish 706 0.97% 1,518 1.68%
Other Indo-European* 1,390 1.90% 1,926 2.13%
Asian Language** 607 0.83% 626 0.69%
Other 181 0.25% 313 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 73,020 100.00% 90,465 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 382 25.16%
Other Indo-European* 453 23.52%
Asian Language** 406 64.86%
Other Language 63 20.13%
Total 1,304 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 235 33.29%
Other Indo-European* 319 22.95%
Asian Language** 318 52.39%
Other Language 40 22.10%
Total 912 1.25%

* "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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