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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 1,778,055 91.59% 1,703,518 89.22%
Spanish 36,996 1.91% 61,118 3.20%
Other Indo-European* 83,806 4.32% 74,243 3.89%
Asian Language** 12,159 0.63% 16,994 0.89%
Other 30,253 1.56% 53,378 2.80%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,941,269 100.00% 1,909,251 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 28,210 46.16%
Other Indo-European* 27,771 37.41%
Asian Language** 7,267 42.76%
Other Language 23,035 43.15%
Total 86,283 4.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,847 34.73%
Other Indo-European* 27,871 33.26%
Asian Language** 5,764 47.41%
Other Language 12,158 40.19%
Total 58,640 3.02%

* "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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