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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 184,018 85.00% 188,413 80.52%
Spanish 13,102 6.05% 22,287 9.52%
Other Indo-European* 13,565 6.27% 15,281 6.53%
Asian Language** 4,701 2.17% 6,754 2.89%
Other 1,101 0.51% 1,273 0.54%
Total Population Age 5+ 216,487 100.00% 234,008 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,920 57.97%
Other Indo-European* 3,665 23.98%
Asian Language** 2,997 44.37%
Other Language 253 19.87%
Total 19,835 8.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,431 49.08%
Other Indo-European* 3,324 24.50%
Asian Language** 2,244 47.73%
Other Language 261 23.71%
Total 12,260 5.66%

* "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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