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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 90,868 95.41% 108,743 94.51%
Spanish 757 0.79% 1,662 1.44%
Other Indo-European* 2,937 3.08% 3,283 2.85%
Asian Language** 529 0.56% 755 0.66%
Other 152 0.16% 616 0.54%
Total Population Age 5+ 95,243 100.00% 115,059 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 500 30.08%
Other Indo-European* 1,107 33.72%
Asian Language** 264 34.97%
Other Language 289 46.92%
Total 2,160 1.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 34.35%
Other Indo-European* 634 21.59%
Asian Language** 302 57.09%
Other Language 11 7.24%
Total 1,207 1.27%

* "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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