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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 379,322 93.64% 448,457 90.77%
Spanish 11,115 2.74% 23,723 4.80%
Other Indo-European* 9,692 2.39% 12,695 2.57%
Asian Language** 4,143 1.02% 7,716 1.56%
Other 792 0.20% 1,474 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 405,064 100.00% 494,065 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,828 37.21%
Other Indo-European* 3,851 30.33%
Asian Language** 3,841 49.78%
Other Language 376 25.51%
Total 16,896 3.42%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,052 27.46%
Other Indo-European* 2,638 27.22%
Asian Language** 2,318 55.95%
Other Language 215 27.15%
Total 8,223 2.03%

* "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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