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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 588,224 85.84% 942,435 74.04%
Spanish 57,058 8.33% 230,951 18.14%
Other Indo-European* 19,499 2.85% 35,134 2.76%
Asian Language** 17,313 2.53% 55,663 4.37%
Other 3,200 0.47% 8,689 0.68%
Total Population Age 5+ 685,294 100.00% 1,272,872 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 127,342 55.14%
Other Indo-European* 9,367 26.66%
Asian Language** 23,723 42.62%
Other Language 2,923 33.64%
Total 163,355 12.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 27,796 48.72%
Other Indo-European* 4,635 23.77%
Asian Language** 8,872 51.24%
Other Language 1,107 34.59%
Total 42,410 6.19%

* "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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