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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 319,390 91.37% 376,145 89.23%
Spanish 13,849 3.96% 26,190 6.21%
Other Indo-European* 13,848 3.96% 14,924 3.54%
Asian Language** 1,326 0.38% 2,529 0.60%
Other 1,145 0.33% 1,765 0.42%
Total Population Age 5+ 349,558 100.00% 421,553 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,915 41.68%
Other Indo-European* 4,075 27.31%
Asian Language** 1,243 49.15%
Other Language 570 32.29%
Total 16,803 3.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,666 48.13%
Other Indo-European* 3,958 28.58%
Asian Language** 495 37.33%
Other Language 270 23.58%
Total 11,389 3.26%

* "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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