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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 739,078 91.52% 771,726 88.04%
Spanish 18,910 2.34% 39,287 4.48%
Other Indo-European* 39,815 4.93% 47,550 5.42%
Asian Language** 7,237 0.90% 13,570 1.55%
Other 2,496 0.31% 4,455 0.51%
Total Population Age 5+ 807,536 100.00% 876,588 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15,649 39.83%
Other Indo-European* 14,886 31.31%
Asian Language** 7,573 55.81%
Other Language 1,245 27.95%
Total 39,353 4.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,216 32.87%
Other Indo-European* 11,909 29.91%
Asian Language** 3,695 51.06%
Other Language 795 31.85%
Total 22,615 2.80%

* "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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