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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 63,523 69.00% 75,441 63.26%
Spanish 22,772 24.74% 36,630 30.72%
Other Indo-European* 3,325 3.61% 2,455 2.06%
Asian Language** 2,058 2.24% 4,474 3.75%
Other 385 0.42% 256 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 92,063 100.00% 119,256 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17,586 48.01%
Other Indo-European* 708 28.84%
Asian Language** 1,677 37.48%
Other Language 66 25.78%
Total 20,037 16.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11,083 48.67%
Other Indo-European* 1,122 33.74%
Asian Language** 886 43.05%
Other Language 83 21.56%
Total 13,174 14.31%

* "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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