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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 802,001 75.18% 957,094 67.12%
Spanish 210,390 19.72% 394,322 27.65%
Other Indo-European* 25,666 2.41% 29,876 2.10%
Asian Language** 24,923 2.34% 37,242 2.61%
Other 3,849 0.36% 7,393 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,066,829 100.00% 1,425,927 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 196,446 49.82%
Other Indo-European* 7,811 26.14%
Asian Language** 15,538 41.72%
Other Language 2,204 29.81%
Total 221,999 15.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 103,624 49.25%
Other Indo-European* 6,231 24.28%
Asian Language** 11,029 44.25%
Other Language 1,215 31.57%
Total 122,099 11.45%

* "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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