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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 269,620 87.27% 310,121 87.33%
Spanish 4,137 1.34% 9,712 2.73%
Other Indo-European* 32,086 10.39% 29,121 8.20%
Asian Language** 2,018 0.65% 4,580 1.29%
Other 1,090 0.35% 1,594 0.45%
Total Population Age 5+ 308,951 100.00% 355,128 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,259 43.85%
Other Indo-European* 7,856 26.98%
Asian Language** 2,265 49.45%
Other Language 484 30.36%
Total 14,864 4.19%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,854 44.82%
Other Indo-European* 8,746 27.26%
Asian Language** 936 46.38%
Other Language 274 25.14%
Total 11,810 3.82%

* "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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