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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 192,052 94.56% 222,274 90.96%
Spanish 2,758 1.36% 6,884 2.82%
Other Indo-European* 4,833 2.38% 7,740 3.17%
Asian Language** 2,820 1.39% 5,886 2.41%
Other 634 0.31% 1,575 0.64%
Total Population Age 5+ 203,097 100.00% 244,359 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,791 40.54%
Other Indo-European* 2,536 32.76%
Asian Language** 3,222 54.74%
Other Language 534 33.90%
Total 9,083 3.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 780 28.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,260 26.07%
Asian Language** 1,627 57.70%
Other Language 199 31.39%
Total 3,866 1.90%

* "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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