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LANGUAGE

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 552,803 94.47% 562,686 92.36%
Spanish 15,719 2.69% 26,780 4.40%
Other Indo-European* 11,567 1.98% 10,240 1.68%
Asian Language** 4,105 0.70% 6,884 1.13%
Other 984 0.17% 2,622 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 585,178 100.00% 609,212 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 13,079 48.84%
Other Indo-European* 3,105 30.32%
Asian Language** 3,671 53.33%
Other Language 1,067 40.69%
Total 20,922 3.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,551 41.68%
Other Indo-European* 3,609 31.20%
Asian Language** 2,007 48.89%
Other Language 309 31.40%
Total 12,476 2.13%

* "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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