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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 217,026 89.78% 366,248 81.48%
Spanish 14,056 5.81% 40,117 8.92%
Other Indo-European* 5,222 2.16% 17,642 3.92%
Asian Language** 4,758 1.97% 22,532 5.01%
Other 661 0.27% 2,971 0.66%
Total Population Age 5+ 241,723 100.00% 449,510 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17,890 44.59%
Other Indo-European* 4,139 23.46%
Asian Language** 9,011 39.99%
Other Language 638 21.47%
Total 31,678 7.05%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,946 42.30%
Other Indo-European* 1,146 21.95%
Asian Language** 2,248 47.25%
Other Language 120 18.15%
Total 9,460 3.91%

* "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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