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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 926,112 86.49% 1,040,888 78.14%
Spanish 102,910 9.61% 218,616 16.41%
Other Indo-European* 17,552 1.64% 26,817 2.01%
Asian Language** 19,949 1.86% 37,148 2.79%
Other 4,301 0.40% 8,586 0.64%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,070,824 100.00% 1,332,055 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109,170 49.94%
Other Indo-European* 8,010 29.87%
Asian Language** 20,547 55.31%
Other Language 2,597 30.25%
Total 140,324 10.53%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 44,388 43.13%
Other Indo-European* 4,147 23.63%
Asian Language** 11,007 55.18%
Other Language 1,457 33.88%
Total 60,999 5.70%

* "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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