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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 346,345 94.88% 296,924 91.43%
Spanish 5,637 1.54% 7,851 2.42%
Other Indo-European* 9,596 2.63% 12,400 3.82%
Asian Language** 2,751 0.75% 5,354 1.65%
Other 700 0.19% 2,240 0.69%
Total Population Age 5+ 365,029 100.00% 324,769 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,283 41.82%
Other Indo-European* 6,438 51.92%
Asian Language** 3,478 64.96%
Other Language 992 44.29%
Total 14,191 4.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,110 37.43%
Other Indo-European* 3,575 37.26%
Asian Language** 1,679 61.03%
Other Language 265 37.86%
Total 7,629 2.09%

* "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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