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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 398,909 93.57% 395,364 93.24%
Spanish 9,042 2.12% 12,077 2.85%
Other Indo-European* 11,360 2.66% 9,552 2.25%
Asian Language** 3,230 0.76% 3,506 0.83%
Other 3,771 0.88% 3,544 0.84%
Total Population Age 5+ 426,312 100.00% 424,043 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,038 33.44%
Other Indo-European* 2,382 24.94%
Asian Language** 1,634 46.61%
Other Language 1,033 29.15%
Total 9,087 2.14%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,792 30.88%
Other Indo-European* 3,116 27.43%
Asian Language** 1,536 47.55%
Other Language 1,062 28.16%
Total 8,506 2.00%

* "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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