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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 1,914,869 74.28% 1,992,143 63.81%
Spanish 508,878 19.74% 898,885 28.79%
Other Indo-European* 66,181 2.57% 87,470 2.80%
Asian Language** 73,097 2.84% 116,285 3.72%
Other 14,861 0.58% 27,216 0.87%
Total Population Age 5+ 2,577,886 100.00% 3,121,999 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 475,797 52.93%
Other Indo-European* 24,665 28.20%
Asian Language** 63,026 54.20%
Other Language 6,311 23.19%
Total 569,799 18.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 252,003 49.52%
Other Indo-European* 17,066 25.79%
Asian Language** 37,822 51.74%
Other Language 3,485 23.45%
Total 310,376 12.04%

* "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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