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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 171,020 93.69% 224,174 91.19%
Spanish 5,672 3.11% 13,815 5.62%
Other Indo-European* 4,703 2.58% 6,129 2.49%
Asian Language** 634 0.35% 912 0.37%
Other 514 0.28% 807 0.33%
Total Population Age 5+ 182,543 100.00% 245,837 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,757 41.67%
Other Indo-European* 1,433 23.38%
Asian Language** 419 45.94%
Other Language 156 19.33%
Total 7,765 3.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,348 41.40%
Other Indo-European* 1,406 29.90%
Asian Language** 269 42.43%
Other Language 195 37.94%
Total 4,218 2.31%

* "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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