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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 838,305 94.40% 902,864 91.01%
Spanish 10,919 1.23% 26,747 2.70%
Other Indo-European* 22,575 2.54% 27,177 2.74%
Asian Language** 13,176 1.48% 22,765 2.29%
Other 3,079 0.35% 12,509 1.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 888,054 100.00% 992,062 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11,549 43.18%
Other Indo-European* 7,941 29.22%
Asian Language** 11,662 51.23%
Other Language 5,762 46.06%
Total 36,914 3.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,633 33.27%
Other Indo-European* 6,457 28.60%
Asian Language** 7,273 55.20%
Other Language 819 26.60%
Total 18,182 2.05%

* "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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