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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 1,185,177 95.19% 1,325,164 92.65%
Spanish 14,517 1.17% 32,967 2.30%
Other Indo-European* 27,895 2.24% 33,945 2.37%
Asian Language** 14,076 1.13% 24,999 1.75%
Other 3,428 0.28% 13,258 0.93%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,245,093 100.00% 1,430,333 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 13,585 41.21%
Other Indo-European* 9,540 28.10%
Asian Language** 12,579 50.32%
Other Language 5,960 44.95%
Total 41,664 2.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,840 33.34%
Other Indo-European* 7,714 27.65%
Asian Language** 7,727 54.89%
Other Language 918 26.78%
Total 21,199 1.70%

* "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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