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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 149,154 55.81% 165,279 57.06%
Spanish 113,794 42.58% 118,743 40.99%
Other Indo-European* 2,883 1.08% 3,003 1.04%
Asian Language** 1,198 0.45% 2,342 0.81%
Other 236 0.09% 306 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 267,265 100.00% 289,673 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 37,946 31.96%
Other Indo-European* 623 20.75%
Asian Language** 838 35.78%
Other Language 55 17.97%
Total 39,462 13.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43,175 37.94%
Other Indo-European* 720 24.97%
Asian Language** 467 38.98%
Other Language 60 25.42%
Total 44,422 16.62%

* "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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