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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 490,695 78.25% 467,470 66.65%
Spanish 47,765 7.62% 85,403 12.18%
Other Indo-European* 56,856 9.07% 85,050 12.13%
Asian Language** 20,901 3.33% 48,288 6.88%
Other 10,879 1.73% 15,198 2.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 627,096 100.00% 701,409 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 42,256 49.48%
Other Indo-European* 29,260 34.40%
Asian Language** 18,184 37.66%
Other Language 4,488 29.53%
Total 94,188 13.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 22,943 48.03%
Other Indo-European* 19,008 33.43%
Asian Language** 9,223 44.13%
Other Language 3,254 29.91%
Total 54,428 8.68%

* "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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