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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 369,751 89.02% 370,259 87.01%
Spanish 21,265 5.12% 29,285 6.88%
Other Indo-European* 16,612 4.00% 13,543 3.18%
Asian Language** 6,964 1.68% 10,439 2.45%
Other 758 0.18% 2,003 0.47%
Total Population Age 5+ 415,350 100.00% 425,529 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11,193 38.22%
Other Indo-European* 3,605 26.62%
Asian Language** 5,457 52.28%
Other Language 629 31.40%
Total 20,884 4.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,541 40.16%
Other Indo-European* 4,928 29.67%
Asian Language** 3,612 51.87%
Other Language 221 29.16%
Total 17,302 4.17%

* "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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