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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 599,190 89.63% 645,489 87.56%
Spanish 3,733 0.56% 8,719 1.18%
Other Indo-European* 54,756 8.19% 56,136 7.62%
Asian Language** 4,983 0.75% 9,972 1.35%
Other 5,861 0.88% 16,858 2.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 668,523 100.00% 737,174 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,312 37.99%
Other Indo-European* 20,752 36.97%
Asian Language** 4,727 47.40%
Other Language 7,143 42.37%
Total 35,934 4.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,083 29.01%
Other Indo-European* 17,918 32.72%
Asian Language** 1,979 39.72%
Other Language 1,996 34.06%
Total 22,976 3.44%

* "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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