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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 336,626 96.35% 353,594 95.42%
Spanish 4,920 1.41% 6,748 1.82%
Other Indo-European* 4,739 1.36% 5,624 1.52%
Asian Language** 2,617 0.75% 4,012 1.08%
Other 473 0.14% 605 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 349,375 100.00% 370,583 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,426 35.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,642 29.20%
Asian Language** 2,120 52.84%
Other Language 204 33.72%
Total 6,392 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,627 33.07%
Other Indo-European* 1,284 27.09%
Asian Language** 1,502 57.39%
Other Language 103 21.78%
Total 4,516 1.29%

* "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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