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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 73,156 97.43% 111,012 94.60%
Spanish 653 0.87% 2,941 2.51%
Other Indo-European* 1,062 1.41% 2,134 1.82%
Asian Language** 181 0.24% 1,080 0.92%
Other 33 0.04% 188 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,085 100.00% 117,355 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,462 49.71%
Other Indo-European* 715 33.51%
Asian Language** 420 38.89%
Other Language 27 14.36%
Total 2,624 2.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 204 31.24%
Other Indo-European* 260 24.48%
Asian Language** 114 62.98%
Other Language 12 36.36%
Total 590 0.79%

* "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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