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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 244,918 94.39% 286,210 90.43%
Spanish 5,299 2.04% 13,853 4.38%
Other Indo-European* 5,869 2.26% 9,720 3.07%
Asian Language** 2,696 1.04% 5,635 1.78%
Other 695 0.27% 1,098 0.35%
Total Population Age 5+ 259,477 100.00% 316,516 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,677 48.20%
Other Indo-European* 3,434 35.33%
Asian Language** 2,531 44.92%
Other Language 368 33.52%
Total 13,010 4.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,248 42.42%
Other Indo-European* 1,430 24.37%
Asian Language** 1,180 43.77%
Other Language 167 24.03%
Total 5,025 1.94%

* "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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