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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 185,065 90.27% 207,818 86.37%
Spanish 5,371 2.62% 9,580 3.98%
Other Indo-European* 4,538 2.21% 6,424 2.67%
Asian Language** 7,381 3.60% 12,872 5.35%
Other 2,653 1.29% 3,933 1.63%
Total Population Age 5+ 205,008 100.00% 240,627 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,837 40.05%
Other Indo-European* 1,482 23.07%
Asian Language** 6,627 51.48%
Other Language 764 19.43%
Total 12,710 5.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,731 32.23%
Other Indo-European* 1,136 25.03%
Asian Language** 3,942 53.41%
Other Language 786 29.63%
Total 7,595 3.70%

* "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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