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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 312,143 96.57% 317,025 94.47%
Spanish 4,426 1.37% 9,681 2.88%
Other Indo-European* 3,823 1.18% 4,685 1.40%
Asian Language** 1,764 0.55% 3,186 0.95%
Other 1,064 0.33% 989 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 323,220 100.00% 335,566 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,281 44.22%
Other Indo-European* 1,171 24.99%
Asian Language** 1,456 45.70%
Other Language 304 30.74%
Total 7,212 2.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,444 32.63%
Other Indo-European* 1,100 28.77%
Asian Language** 824 46.71%
Other Language 194 18.23%
Total 3,562 1.10%

* "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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