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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 586,770 96.74% 590,312 95.37%
Spanish 6,437 1.06% 14,727 2.38%
Other Indo-European* 9,396 1.55% 7,936 1.28%
Asian Language** 2,396 0.40% 3,834 0.62%
Other 1,544 0.25% 2,186 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 606,543 100.00% 618,995 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,704 45.52%
Other Indo-European* 2,078 26.18%
Asian Language** 1,779 46.40%
Other Language 406 18.57%
Total 10,967 1.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,893 29.41%
Other Indo-European* 2,739 29.15%
Asian Language** 1,053 43.95%
Other Language 501 32.45%
Total 6,186 1.02%

* "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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