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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 132,622 97.65% 149,583 96.69%
Spanish 1,154 0.85% 2,619 1.69%
Other Indo-European* 1,566 1.15% 1,851 1.20%
Asian Language** 370 0.27% 439 0.28%
Other 106 0.08% 219 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 135,818 100.00% 154,711 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,141 43.57%
Other Indo-European* 467 25.23%
Asian Language** 223 50.80%
Other Language 49 22.37%
Total 1,880 1.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 414 35.88%
Other Indo-European* 489 31.23%
Asian Language** 158 42.70%
Other Language 22 20.75%
Total 1,083 0.80%

* "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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