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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 64,246 18.46% 86,361 16.88%
Spanish 282,050 81.02% 421,110 82.31%
Other Indo-European* 1,127 0.32% 1,832 0.36%
Asian Language** 571 0.16% 2,131 0.42%
Other 113 0.03% 209 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 348,107 100.00% 511,643 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 195,429 46.41%
Other Indo-European* 468 25.55%
Asian Language** 805 37.78%
Other Language 119 56.94%
Total 196,821 38.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 150,529 53.37%
Other Indo-European* 266 23.60%
Asian Language** 244 42.73%
Other Language 13 11.50%
Total 151,052 43.39%

* "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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