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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 199,842 93.93% 222,858 93.55%
Spanish 3,359 1.58% 5,324 2.23%
Other Indo-European* 7,682 3.61% 7,188 3.02%
Asian Language** 1,404 0.66% 2,382 1.00%
Other 461 0.22% 480 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 212,748 100.00% 238,232 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,797 33.75%
Other Indo-European* 2,042 28.41%
Asian Language** 932 39.13%
Other Language 152 31.67%
Total 4,923 2.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,150 34.24%
Other Indo-European* 2,293 29.85%
Asian Language** 620 44.16%
Other Language 124 26.90%
Total 4,187 1.97%

* "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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