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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 454,653 95.68% 480,014 90.18%
Spanish 6,401 1.35% 26,174 4.92%
Other Indo-European* 8,032 1.69% 12,889 2.42%
Asian Language** 4,565 0.96% 8,218 1.54%
Other 1,525 0.32% 5,016 0.94%
Total Population Age 5+ 475,176 100.00% 532,311 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 13,862 52.96%
Other Indo-European* 4,498 34.90%
Asian Language** 4,664 56.75%
Other Language 2,142 42.70%
Total 25,166 4.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,184 34.12%
Other Indo-European* 2,358 29.36%
Asian Language** 2,594 56.82%
Other Language 412 27.02%
Total 7,548 1.59%

* "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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