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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 430,720 94.24% 476,293 89.83%
Spanish 10,725 2.35% 31,787 6.00%
Other Indo-European* 11,636 2.55% 12,380 2.33%
Asian Language** 3,067 0.67% 7,220 1.36%
Other 891 0.19% 2,539 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 457,039 100.00% 530,219 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16,415 51.64%
Other Indo-European* 4,208 33.99%
Asian Language** 4,366 60.47%
Other Language 955 37.61%
Total 25,944 4.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,539 42.32%
Other Indo-European* 3,287 28.25%
Asian Language** 1,658 54.06%
Other Language 275 30.86%
Total 9,759 2.14%

* "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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