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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 421,758 79.22% 537,622 71.32%
Spanish 86,558 16.26% 168,283 22.33%
Other Indo-European* 11,747 2.21% 19,724 2.62%
Asian Language** 10,123 1.90% 24,443 3.24%
Other 2,172 0.41% 3,714 0.49%
Total Population Age 5+ 532,358 100.00% 753,786 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 77,954 46.32%
Other Indo-European* 4,534 22.99%
Asian Language** 10,881 44.52%
Other Language 981 26.41%
Total 94,350 12.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 31,534 36.43%
Other Indo-European* 2,563 21.82%
Asian Language** 5,412 53.46%
Other Language 453 20.86%
Total 39,962 7.51%

* "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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