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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 409,024 88.30% 400,711 84.42%
Spanish 28,029 6.05% 40,475 8.53%
Other Indo-European* 17,858 3.86% 18,920 3.99%
Asian Language** 6,716 1.45% 12,189 2.57%
Other 1,589 0.34% 2,366 0.50%
Total Population Age 5+ 463,216 100.00% 474,661 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17,199 42.49%
Other Indo-European* 5,910 31.24%
Asian Language** 6,350 52.10%
Other Language 637 26.92%
Total 30,096 6.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,482 44.53%
Other Indo-European* 5,129 28.72%
Asian Language** 3,455 51.44%
Other Language 558 35.12%
Total 21,624 4.67%

* "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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