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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 257,712 96.67% 275,038 94.95%
Spanish 3,365 1.26% 6,733 2.32%
Other Indo-European* 3,525 1.32% 4,635 1.60%
Asian Language** 1,587 0.60% 2,645 0.91%
Other 391 0.15% 617 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 266,580 100.00% 289,668 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,648 39.33%
Other Indo-European* 1,423 30.70%
Asian Language** 1,289 48.73%
Other Language 169 27.39%
Total 5,529 1.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,213 36.05%
Other Indo-European* 905 25.67%
Asian Language** 763 48.08%
Other Language 112 28.64%
Total 2,993 1.12%

* "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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