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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 5,931,435 96.10% 6,909,648 91.97%
Spanish 105,963 1.72% 378,942 5.04%
Other Indo-European* 90,979 1.47% 119,961 1.60%
Asian Language** 33,083 0.54% 78,246 1.04%
Other 10,841 0.18% 26,368 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,172,301 100.00% 7,513,165 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 218,792 57.74%
Other Indo-European* 32,041 26.71%
Asian Language** 39,065 49.93%
Other Language 7,960 30.19%
Total 297,858 3.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 40,122 37.86%
Other Indo-European* 26,766 29.42%
Asian Language** 16,839 50.90%
Other Language 3,087 28.48%
Total 86,814 1.41%

* "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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