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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 332,370 92.20% 384,272 84.49%
Spanish 10,361 2.87% 37,645 8.28%
Other Indo-European* 9,159 2.54% 15,706 3.45%
Asian Language** 7,097 1.97% 13,469 2.96%
Other 1,506 0.42% 3,725 0.82%
Total Population Age 5+ 360,493 100.00% 454,817 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 19,737 52.43%
Other Indo-European* 5,425 34.54%
Asian Language** 6,712 49.83%
Other Language 1,280 34.36%
Total 33,154 7.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,487 33.66%
Other Indo-European* 2,168 23.67%
Asian Language** 4,021 56.66%
Other Language 311 20.65%
Total 9,987 2.77%

* "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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