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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 267,925 94.71% 317,650 94.07%
Spanish 4,325 1.53% 7,267 2.15%
Other Indo-European* 9,193 3.25% 9,781 2.90%
Asian Language** 1,131 0.40% 2,474 0.73%
Other 321 0.11% 492 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 282,895 100.00% 337,664 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,957 40.69%
Other Indo-European* 2,421 24.75%
Asian Language** 917 37.07%
Other Language 118 23.98%
Total 6,413 1.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,492 34.50%
Other Indo-European* 2,197 23.90%
Asian Language** 430 38.02%
Other Language 91 28.35%
Total 4,210 1.49%

* "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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