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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 559,876 95.23% 611,567 92.05%
Spanish 9,508 1.62% 31,144 4.69%
Other Indo-European* 13,709 2.33% 12,263 1.85%
Asian Language** 3,757 0.64% 6,992 1.05%
Other 1,061 0.18% 2,396 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 587,911 100.00% 664,362 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16,232 52.12%
Other Indo-European* 3,317 27.05%
Asian Language** 3,312 47.37%
Other Language 911 38.02%
Total 23,772 3.58%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,365 35.39%
Other Indo-European* 3,600 26.26%
Asian Language** 1,696 45.14%
Other Language 263 24.79%
Total 8,924 1.52%

* "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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