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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 617,680 81.16% 631,768 70.03%
Spanish 44,771 5.88% 96,055 10.65%
Other Indo-European* 42,922 5.64% 67,351 7.47%
Asian Language** 46,321 6.09% 83,443 9.25%
Other 9,404 1.24% 23,572 2.61%
Total Population Age 5+ 761,098 100.00% 902,189 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51,250 53.35%
Other Indo-European* 18,005 26.73%
Asian Language** 42,347 50.75%
Other Language 7,463 31.66%
Total 119,065 13.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 21,697 48.46%
Other Indo-European* 11,218 26.14%
Asian Language** 24,487 52.86%
Other Language 2,473 26.30%
Total 59,875 7.87%

* "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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