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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 245,568 92.64% 280,340 89.47%
Spanish 5,815 2.19% 13,751 4.39%
Other Indo-European* 11,727 4.42% 15,966 5.10%
Asian Language** 901 0.34% 1,830 0.58%
Other 1,056 0.40% 1,440 0.46%
Total Population Age 5+ 265,067 100.00% 313,327 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,726 48.91%
Other Indo-European* 4,992 31.27%
Asian Language** 991 54.15%
Other Language 502 34.86%
Total 13,211 4.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,443 42.01%
Other Indo-European* 3,168 27.01%
Asian Language** 532 59.05%
Other Language 404 38.26%
Total 6,547 2.47%

* "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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