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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 1,085,119 91.52% 1,131,318 90.73%
Spanish 43,339 3.66% 56,438 4.53%
Other Indo-European* 39,521 3.33% 33,588 2.69%
Asian Language** 15,799 1.33% 21,877 1.75%
Other 1,934 0.16% 3,664 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,185,712 100.00% 1,246,885 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 20,801 36.86%
Other Indo-European* 9,010 26.83%
Asian Language** 11,379 52.01%
Other Language 1,062 28.98%
Total 42,252 3.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17,844 41.17%
Other Indo-European* 11,692 29.58%
Asian Language** 8,600 54.43%
Other Language 547 28.28%
Total 38,683 3.26%

* "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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