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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 252,484 74.97% 278,370 67.59%
Spanish 54,010 16.04% 97,137 23.59%
Other Indo-European* 14,414 4.28% 17,166 4.17%
Asian Language** 10,947 3.25% 11,478 2.79%
Other 4,933 1.46% 7,682 1.87%
Total Population Age 5+ 336,788 100.00% 411,833 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 48,468 49.90%
Other Indo-European* 6,582 38.34%
Asian Language** 6,006 52.33%
Other Language 3,262 42.46%
Total 64,318 15.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26,563 49.18%
Other Indo-European* 4,867 33.77%
Asian Language** 7,473 68.27%
Other Language 2,082 42.21%
Total 40,985 12.17%

* "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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