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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 250,555 94.20% 278,545 92.66%
Spanish 6,021 2.26% 10,494 3.49%
Other Indo-European* 6,059 2.28% 6,805 2.26%
Asian Language** 2,378 0.89% 4,032 1.34%
Other 957 0.36% 748 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 265,970 100.00% 300,624 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,342 41.38%
Other Indo-European* 1,655 24.32%
Asian Language** 2,068 51.29%
Other Language 210 28.07%
Total 8,275 2.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,044 33.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,489 24.58%
Asian Language** 1,189 50.00%
Other Language 300 31.35%
Total 5,022 1.89%

* "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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