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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 147,727 83.82% 175,709 78.68%
Spanish 24,546 13.93% 40,276 18.04%
Other Indo-European* 2,584 1.47% 3,199 1.43%
Asian Language** 1,285 0.73% 3,460 1.55%
Other 98 0.06% 669 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 176,240 100.00% 223,313 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15,430 38.31%
Other Indo-European* 655 20.48%
Asian Language** 1,482 42.83%
Other Language 103 15.40%
Total 17,670 7.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9,252 37.69%
Other Indo-European* 662 25.62%
Asian Language** 736 57.28%
Other Language 8 8.16%
Total 10,658 6.05%

* "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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