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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 463,372 91.38% 511,239 82.59%
Spanish 15,894 3.13% 52,481 8.48%
Other Indo-European* 13,446 2.65% 24,476 3.95%
Asian Language** 10,833 2.14% 17,381 2.81%
Other 3,541 0.70% 13,441 2.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 507,086 100.00% 619,018 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 35,694 68.01%
Other Indo-European* 9,469 38.69%
Asian Language** 11,235 64.64%
Other Language 5,420 40.32%
Total 61,818 9.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,724 48.60%
Other Indo-European* 4,013 29.85%
Asian Language** 6,175 57.00%
Other Language 1,086 30.67%
Total 18,998 3.75%

* "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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