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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 801,751 83.73% 859,305 75.64%
Spanish 63,168 6.60% 113,649 10.00%
Other Indo-European* 31,713 3.31% 64,428 5.67%
Asian Language** 57,738 6.03% 92,627 8.15%
Other 3,221 0.34% 6,041 0.53%
Total Population Age 5+ 957,591 100.00% 1,136,050 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 49,698 43.73%
Other Indo-European* 30,276 46.99%
Asian Language** 51,902 56.03%
Other Language 1,826 30.23%
Total 133,702 11.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23,353 36.97%
Other Indo-European* 10,732 33.84%
Asian Language** 36,025 62.39%
Other Language 1,141 35.42%
Total 71,251 7.44%

* "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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