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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 453,782 73.73% 467,351 67.02%
Spanish 123,603 20.08% 182,412 26.16%
Other Indo-European* 16,726 2.72% 18,358 2.63%
Asian Language** 18,930 3.08% 25,412 3.64%
Other 2,438 0.40% 3,834 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 615,479 100.00% 697,367 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95,504 52.36%
Other Indo-European* 4,390 23.91%
Asian Language** 11,353 44.68%
Other Language 1,219 31.79%
Total 112,466 16.13%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 64,995 52.58%
Other Indo-European* 4,034 24.12%
Asian Language** 8,646 45.67%
Other Language 709 29.08%
Total 78,384 12.74%

* "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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