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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 600,224 96.86% 611,664 94.54%
Spanish 6,779 1.09% 14,815 2.29%
Other Indo-European* 8,473 1.37% 12,089 1.87%
Asian Language** 2,920 0.47% 6,121 0.95%
Other 1,301 0.21% 2,319 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 619,697 100.00% 647,008 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,689 45.15%
Other Indo-European* 4,251 35.16%
Asian Language** 3,172 51.82%
Other Language 938 40.45%
Total 15,050 2.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,193 32.35%
Other Indo-European* 2,399 28.31%
Asian Language** 1,573 53.87%
Other Language 265 20.37%
Total 6,430 1.04%

* "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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