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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 160,853 93.09% 216,318 91.53%
Spanish 6,172 3.57% 12,401 5.25%
Other Indo-European* 3,603 2.09% 4,652 1.97%
Asian Language** 1,483 0.86% 2,067 0.87%
Other 681 0.39% 888 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 172,792 100.00% 236,326 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,477 36.10%
Other Indo-European* 982 21.11%
Asian Language** 1,013 49.01%
Other Language 211 23.76%
Total 6,683 2.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,819 29.47%
Other Indo-European* 900 24.98%
Asian Language** 623 42.01%
Other Language 331 48.60%
Total 3,673 2.13%

* "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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