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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 390,093 88.31% 389,523 86.54%
Spanish 28,998 6.56% 39,105 8.69%
Other Indo-European* 19,682 4.46% 17,632 3.92%
Asian Language** 1,176 0.27% 2,106 0.47%
Other 1,792 0.41% 1,749 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 441,741 100.00% 450,115 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15,091 38.59%
Other Indo-European* 5,417 30.72%
Asian Language** 895 42.50%
Other Language 537 30.70%
Total 21,940 4.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,386 35.82%
Other Indo-European* 6,617 33.62%
Asian Language** 457 38.86%
Other Language 527 29.41%
Total 17,987 4.07%

* "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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