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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 204,737 96.77% 221,858 93.69%
Spanish 2,321 1.10% 8,001 3.38%
Other Indo-European* 3,479 1.64% 3,651 1.54%
Asian Language** 829 0.39% 3,016 1.27%
Other 201 0.10% 285 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 211,567 100.00% 236,811 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,998 49.97%
Other Indo-European* 1,215 33.28%
Asian Language** 1,657 54.94%
Other Language 110 38.60%
Total 6,980 2.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 893 38.47%
Other Indo-European* 1,189 34.18%
Asian Language** 456 55.01%
Other Language 71 35.32%
Total 2,609 1.23%

* "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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