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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 335,046 91.29% 355,616 89.66%
Spanish 10,824 2.95% 15,483 3.90%
Other Indo-European* 15,270 4.16% 16,691 4.21%
Asian Language** 4,607 1.26% 6,921 1.74%
Other 1,251 0.34% 1,918 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 366,998 100.00% 396,629 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,066 32.72%
Other Indo-European* 5,144 30.82%
Asian Language** 3,505 50.64%
Other Language 443 23.10%
Total 14,158 3.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,623 33.47%
Other Indo-European* 4,374 28.64%
Asian Language** 1,967 42.70%
Other Language 297 23.74%
Total 10,261 2.80%

* "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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