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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 238,850 96.36% 259,565 90.83%
Spanish 3,418 1.38% 19,294 6.75%
Other Indo-European* 4,207 1.70% 4,026 1.41%
Asian Language** 1,056 0.43% 2,353 0.82%
Other 346 0.14% 524 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 247,877 100.00% 285,762 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,913 66.93%
Other Indo-European* 969 24.07%
Asian Language** 1,158 49.21%
Other Language 140 26.72%
Total 15,180 5.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,239 36.25%
Other Indo-European* 1,245 29.59%
Asian Language** 557 52.75%
Other Language 114 32.95%
Total 3,155 1.27%

* "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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