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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 244,306 91.64% 293,294 89.72%
Spanish 7,254 2.72% 15,411 4.71%
Other Indo-European* 13,288 4.98% 14,579 4.46%
Asian Language** 814 0.31% 2,170 0.66%
Other 937 0.35% 1,430 0.44%
Total Population Age 5+ 266,599 100.00% 326,884 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,964 38.70%
Other Indo-European* 4,506 30.91%
Asian Language** 672 30.97%
Other Language 505 35.31%
Total 11,647 3.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,507 34.56%
Other Indo-European* 3,706 27.89%
Asian Language** 324 39.80%
Other Language 395 42.16%
Total 6,932 2.60%

* "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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