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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 198,780 85.78% 236,862 82.87%
Spanish 20,432 8.82% 32,954 11.53%
Other Indo-European* 7,391 3.19% 8,747 3.06%
Asian Language** 4,760 2.05% 6,590 2.31%
Other 356 0.15% 686 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 231,719 100.00% 285,839 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,128 30.73%
Other Indo-European* 1,653 18.90%
Asian Language** 2,682 40.70%
Other Language 170 24.78%
Total 14,633 5.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,936 33.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,661 22.47%
Asian Language** 2,290 48.11%
Other Language 90 25.28%
Total 10,977 4.74%

* "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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