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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 330,589 90.99% 423,609 88.64%
Spanish 14,955 4.12% 28,467 5.96%
Other Indo-European* 11,313 3.11% 15,316 3.20%
Asian Language** 5,728 1.58% 9,342 1.95%
Other 748 0.21% 1,178 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 363,333 100.00% 477,912 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9,581 33.66%
Other Indo-European* 3,098 20.23%
Asian Language** 4,167 44.61%
Other Language 257 21.82%
Total 17,103 3.58%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,911 26.15%
Other Indo-European* 2,526 22.33%
Asian Language** 2,873 50.16%
Other Language 254 33.96%
Total 9,564 2.63%

* "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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