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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 408,344 91.35% 400,823 84.20%
Spanish 7,334 1.64% 20,356 4.28%
Other Indo-European* 12,422 2.78% 12,108 2.54%
Asian Language** 16,791 3.76% 36,415 7.65%
Other 2,110 0.47% 6,312 1.33%
Total Population Age 5+ 447,001 100.00% 476,014 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9,643 47.37%
Other Indo-European* 3,091 25.53%
Asian Language** 21,527 59.12%
Other Language 2,654 42.05%
Total 36,915 7.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,494 34.01%
Other Indo-European* 3,247 26.14%
Asian Language** 11,759 70.03%
Other Language 672 31.85%
Total 18,172 4.07%

* "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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