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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 250,842 80.72% 276,347 75.44%
Spanish 25,312 8.14% 44,187 12.06%
Other Indo-European* 8,665 2.79% 10,404 2.84%
Asian Language** 25,354 8.16% 33,918 9.26%
Other 596 0.19% 1,446 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 310,769 100.00% 366,302 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 20,721 46.89%
Other Indo-European* 2,740 26.34%
Asian Language** 12,295 36.25%
Other Language 398 27.52%
Total 36,154 9.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,565 41.74%
Other Indo-European* 2,211 25.52%
Asian Language** 9,353 36.89%
Other Language 118 19.80%
Total 22,247 7.16%

* "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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