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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 685,202 86.83% 1,100,489 75.93%
Spanish 60,772 7.70% 244,105 16.84%
Other Indo-European* 21,571 2.73% 38,042 2.62%
Asian Language** 17,658 2.24% 56,485 3.90%
Other 3,928 0.50% 10,156 0.70%
Total Population Age 5+ 789,131 100.00% 1,449,277 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 132,503 54.28%
Other Indo-European* 9,987 26.25%
Asian Language** 23,984 42.46%
Other Language 3,453 34.00%
Total 169,927 11.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 28,901 47.56%
Other Indo-European* 5,176 24.00%
Asian Language** 9,056 51.29%
Other Language 1,456 37.07%
Total 44,589 5.65%

* "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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