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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 156,159 93.49% 184,297 85.05%
Spanish 4,044 2.42% 16,795 7.75%
Other Indo-European* 2,673 1.60% 4,995 2.31%
Asian Language** 3,395 2.03% 8,421 3.89%
Other 765 0.46% 2,182 1.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 167,036 100.00% 216,690 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,101 60.14%
Other Indo-European* 1,431 28.65%
Asian Language** 5,756 68.35%
Other Language 300 13.75%
Total 17,588 8.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,391 34.40%
Other Indo-European* 621 23.23%
Asian Language** 1,978 58.26%
Other Language 135 17.65%
Total 4,125 2.47%

* "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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