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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 470,450 92.36% 468,531 90.73%
Spanish 6,793 1.33% 8,751 1.69%
Other Indo-European* 24,017 4.72% 24,048 4.66%
Asian Language** 6,677 1.31% 11,709 2.27%
Other 1,432 0.28% 3,348 0.65%
Total Population Age 5+ 509,369 100.00% 516,387 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,095 35.37%
Other Indo-European* 7,407 30.80%
Asian Language** 6,248 53.36%
Other Language 1,012 30.23%
Total 17,762 3.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,426 35.71%
Other Indo-European* 7,088 29.51%
Asian Language** 3,482 52.15%
Other Language 445 31.08%
Total 13,441 2.64%

* "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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