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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 154,678 75.90% 227,070 69.30%
Spanish 33,427 16.40% 57,612 17.58%
Other Indo-European* 6,156 3.02% 16,603 5.07%
Asian Language** 8,637 4.24% 22,409 6.84%
Other 891 0.44% 3,972 1.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 203,789 100.00% 327,666 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23,062 40.03%
Other Indo-European* 4,125 24.84%
Asian Language** 9,118 40.69%
Other Language 760 19.13%
Total 37,065 11.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12,946 38.73%
Other Indo-European* 1,491 24.22%
Asian Language** 3,769 43.64%
Other Language 141 15.82%
Total 18,347 9.00%

* "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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