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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 890,898 93.22% 909,793 87.16%
Spanish 11,267 1.18% 42,540 4.08%
Other Indo-European* 27,870 2.92% 32,974 3.16%
Asian Language** 19,324 2.02% 38,401 3.68%
Other 6,372 0.67% 20,101 1.93%
Total Population Age 5+ 955,731 100.00% 1,043,809 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 22,866 53.75%
Other Indo-European* 10,259 31.11%
Asian Language** 21,753 56.65%
Other Language 9,278 46.16%
Total 64,156 6.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,649 32.39%
Other Indo-European* 7,255 26.03%
Asian Language** 11,936 61.77%
Other Language 1,524 23.92%
Total 24,364 2.55%

* "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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