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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 398,227 93.38% 494,203 87.79%
Spanish 5,900 1.38% 19,053 3.38%
Other Indo-European* 10,540 2.47% 20,031 3.56%
Asian Language** 10,524 2.47% 26,603 4.73%
Other 1,255 0.29% 3,034 0.54%
Total Population Age 5+ 426,446 100.00% 562,924 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,934 41.64%
Other Indo-European* 7,473 37.31%
Asian Language** 12,946 48.66%
Other Language 996 32.83%
Total 29,349 5.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,698 28.78%
Other Indo-European* 2,920 27.70%
Asian Language** 5,058 48.06%
Other Language 488 38.88%
Total 10,164 2.38%

* "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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