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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 118,500 82.79% 178,413 74.94%
Spanish 17,229 12.04% 42,158 17.71%
Other Indo-European* 6,779 4.74% 15,794 6.63%
Asian Language** 230 0.16% 749 0.31%
Other 391 0.27% 963 0.40%
Total Population Age 5+ 143,129 100.00% 238,077 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25,362 60.16%
Other Indo-European* 6,670 42.23%
Asian Language** 356 47.53%
Other Language 369 38.32%
Total 32,757 13.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,864 51.45%
Other Indo-European* 2,560 37.76%
Asian Language** 105 45.65%
Other Language 158 40.41%
Total 11,687 8.17%

* "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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