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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 326,259 93.65% 369,030 91.24%
Spanish 7,481 2.15% 14,794 3.66%
Other Indo-European* 11,645 3.34% 13,857 3.43%
Asian Language** 2,117 0.61% 5,307 1.31%
Other 873 0.25% 1,456 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 348,375 100.00% 404,444 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,322 49.49%
Other Indo-European* 3,665 26.45%
Asian Language** 2,090 39.38%
Other Language 328 22.53%
Total 13,405 3.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,403 45.49%
Other Indo-European* 2,743 23.56%
Asian Language** 957 45.21%
Other Language 229 26.23%
Total 7,332 2.10%

* "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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