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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 345,839 93.66% 372,640 89.24%
Spanish 11,115 3.01% 26,105 6.25%
Other Indo-European* 5,483 1.48% 5,727 1.37%
Asian Language** 5,923 1.60% 11,120 2.66%
Other 896 0.24% 1,999 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 369,256 100.00% 417,591 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,728 48.76%
Other Indo-European* 1,468 25.63%
Asian Language** 6,510 58.54%
Other Language 731 36.57%
Total 21,437 5.13%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,366 39.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,573 28.69%
Asian Language** 3,685 62.22%
Other Language 257 28.68%
Total 9,881 2.68%

* "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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