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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 445,591 94.18% 560,787 86.92%
Spanish 9,159 1.94% 45,064 6.98%
Other Indo-European* 11,774 2.49% 18,860 2.92%
Asian Language** 4,792 1.01% 14,546 2.25%
Other 1,817 0.38% 5,930 0.92%
Total Population Age 5+ 473,133 100.00% 645,187 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 27,528 61.09%
Other Indo-European* 5,835 30.94%
Asian Language** 8,129 55.88%
Other Language 1,834 30.93%
Total 43,326 6.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,559 38.86%
Other Indo-European* 3,406 28.93%
Asian Language** 2,780 58.01%
Other Language 592 32.58%
Total 10,337 2.18%

* "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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