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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 510,660 96.04% 497,979 95.37%
Spanish 6,293 1.18% 8,567 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 9,852 1.85% 9,014 1.73%
Asian Language** 3,453 0.65% 4,551 0.87%
Other 1,438 0.27% 2,069 0.40%
Total Population Age 5+ 531,696 100.00% 522,180 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,865 33.44%
Other Indo-European* 2,426 26.91%
Asian Language** 2,252 49.48%
Other Language 667 32.24%
Total 8,210 1.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,975 31.38%
Other Indo-European* 2,494 25.31%
Asian Language** 1,644 47.61%
Other Language 365 25.38%
Total 6,478 1.22%

* "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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