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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 207,427 89.95% 224,386 89.05%
Spanish 8,706 3.78% 13,867 5.50%
Other Indo-European* 11,623 5.04% 10,004 3.97%
Asian Language** 1,261 0.55% 2,201 0.87%
Other 1,580 0.69% 1,521 0.60%
Total Population Age 5+ 230,597 100.00% 251,979 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,576 40.21%
Other Indo-European* 2,482 24.81%
Asian Language** 1,059 48.11%
Other Language 362 23.80%
Total 9,479 3.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,087 46.94%
Other Indo-European* 3,553 30.57%
Asian Language** 426 33.78%
Other Language 575 36.39%
Total 8,641 3.75%

* "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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