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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 311,628 95.28% 383,228 91.80%
Spanish 5,002 1.53% 14,678 3.52%
Other Indo-European* 6,817 2.08% 10,253 2.46%
Asian Language** 3,095 0.95% 7,878 1.89%
Other 522 0.16% 1,412 0.34%
Total Population Age 5+ 327,064 100.00% 417,449 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,864 46.76%
Other Indo-European* 2,684 26.18%
Asian Language** 3,406 43.23%
Other Language 274 19.41%
Total 13,228 3.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,369 27.37%
Other Indo-European* 1,708 25.06%
Asian Language** 1,458 47.11%
Other Language 124 23.75%
Total 4,659 1.42%

* "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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