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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 1,111,231 84.95% 1,093,227 79.58%
Spanish 35,423 2.71% 59,160 4.31%
Other Indo-European* 121,900 9.32% 147,994 10.77%
Asian Language** 32,741 2.50% 61,304 4.46%
Other 6,749 0.52% 12,073 0.88%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,308,044 100.00% 1,373,758 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 24,402 41.25%
Other Indo-European* 54,165 36.60%
Asian Language** 28,374 46.28%
Other Language 2,759 22.85%
Total 109,700 7.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15,675 44.25%
Other Indo-European* 40,999 33.63%
Asian Language** 17,463 53.34%
Other Language 1,432 21.22%
Total 75,569 5.78%

* "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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