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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 592,086 89.78% 605,172 87.86%
Spanish 21,193 3.21% 31,950 4.64%
Other Indo-European* 36,832 5.58% 35,531 5.16%
Asian Language** 7,507 1.14% 12,504 1.82%
Other 1,887 0.29% 3,647 0.53%
Total Population Age 5+ 659,505 100.00% 688,804 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11,936 37.36%
Other Indo-European* 12,480 35.12%
Asian Language** 6,361 50.87%
Other Language 1,286 35.26%
Total 32,063 4.65%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,557 40.38%
Other Indo-European* 11,900 32.31%
Asian Language** 3,552 47.32%
Other Language 533 28.25%
Total 24,542 3.72%

* "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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