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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 517,784 89.85% 520,486 85.54%
Spanish 8,623 1.50% 12,287 2.02%
Other Indo-European* 33,593 5.83% 42,325 6.96%
Asian Language** 12,348 2.14% 26,974 4.43%
Other 3,945 0.68% 6,416 1.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 576,293 100.00% 608,488 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,407 27.73%
Other Indo-European* 12,756 30.14%
Asian Language** 14,018 51.97%
Other Language 1,511 23.55%
Total 31,692 5.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,885 33.46%
Other Indo-European* 10,402 30.96%
Asian Language** 7,041 57.02%
Other Language 946 23.98%
Total 21,274 3.69%

* "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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