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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 762,426 95.47% 744,914 94.42%
Spanish 9,002 1.13% 13,426 1.70%
Other Indo-European* 19,976 2.50% 19,212 2.44%
Asian Language** 5,066 0.63% 8,001 1.01%
Other 2,148 0.27% 3,415 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 798,618 100.00% 788,968 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,020 37.39%
Other Indo-European* 5,840 30.40%
Asian Language** 3,745 46.81%
Other Language 737 21.58%
Total 15,342 1.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,134 34.81%
Other Indo-European* 5,526 27.66%
Asian Language** 2,394 47.26%
Other Language 566 26.35%
Total 11,620 1.46%

* "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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