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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 96,033 84.46% 114,324 80.07%
Spanish 11,842 10.41% 20,253 14.19%
Other Indo-European* 2,598 2.28% 3,350 2.35%
Asian Language** 2,798 2.46% 4,216 2.95%
Other 436 0.38% 630 0.44%
Total Population Age 5+ 113,707 100.00% 142,773 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8,596 42.44%
Other Indo-European* 871 26.00%
Asian Language** 2,189 51.92%
Other Language 246 39.05%
Total 11,902 8.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,323 36.51%
Other Indo-European* 647 24.90%
Asian Language** 1,486 53.11%
Other Language 180 41.28%
Total 6,636 5.84%

* "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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