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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 628,678 81.55% 623,417 76.10%
Spanish 55,636 7.22% 90,336 11.03%
Other Indo-European* 71,194 9.23% 83,073 10.14%
Asian Language** 8,975 1.16% 16,542 2.02%
Other 6,438 0.84% 5,883 0.72%
Total Population Age 5+ 770,921 100.00% 819,251 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43,968 48.67%
Other Indo-European* 31,841 38.33%
Asian Language** 7,969 48.17%
Other Language 1,656 28.15%
Total 85,434 10.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26,079 46.87%
Other Indo-European* 25,551 35.89%
Asian Language** 4,668 52.01%
Other Language 2,122 32.96%
Total 58,420 7.58%

* "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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