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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 656,550 84.84% 736,750 79.11%
Spanish 87,545 11.31% 149,070 16.01%
Other Indo-European* 20,887 2.70% 26,863 2.88%
Asian Language** 6,655 0.86% 14,418 1.55%
Other 2,193 0.28% 4,175 0.45%
Total Population Age 5+ 773,830 100.00% 931,276 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 65,087 43.66%
Other Indo-European* 7,708 28.69%
Asian Language** 7,138 49.51%
Other Language 1,363 32.65%
Total 81,296 8.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 35,702 40.78%
Other Indo-European* 5,023 24.05%
Asian Language** 3,205 48.16%
Other Language 637 29.05%
Total 44,567 5.76%

* "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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