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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 102,587 84.47% 133,144 79.75%
Spanish 16,080 13.24% 30,450 18.24%
Other Indo-European* 2,183 1.80% 2,353 1.41%
Asian Language** 534 0.44% 752 0.45%
Other 69 0.06% 257 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 121,453 100.00% 166,956 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15,412 50.61%
Other Indo-European* 451 19.17%
Asian Language** 348 46.28%
Other Language 138 53.70%
Total 16,349 9.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,975 37.16%
Other Indo-European* 522 23.91%
Asian Language** 205 38.39%
Other Language 17 24.64%
Total 6,719 5.53%

* "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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