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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 11,635,518 74.56% 13,230,765 68.76%
Spanish 3,443,106 22.06% 5,195,182 27.00%
Other Indo-European* 279,165 1.79% 358,019 1.86%
Asian Language** 207,033 1.33% 374,330 1.95%
Other 41,000 0.26% 83,222 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,605,822 100.00% 19,241,518 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,369,036 45.60%
Other Indo-European* 92,380 25.80%
Asian Language** 186,504 49.82%
Other Language 21,683 26.05%
Total 2,669,603 13.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,575,652 45.76%
Other Indo-European* 71,615 25.65%
Asian Language** 107,471 51.91%
Other Language 10,985 26.79%
Total 1,765,723 11.31%

* "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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