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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 180,585 63.86% 188,536 56.21%
Spanish 85,593 30.27% 130,074 38.78%
Other Indo-European* 7,146 2.53% 6,903 2.06%
Asian Language** 8,872 3.14% 9,059 2.70%
Other 606 0.21% 823 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 282,802 100.00% 335,395 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67,671 52.03%
Other Indo-European* 2,027 29.36%
Asian Language** 5,109 56.40%
Other Language 321 39.00%
Total 75,128 22.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 42,062 49.14%
Other Indo-European* 2,465 34.49%
Asian Language** 6,125 69.04%
Other Language 218 35.97%
Total 50,870 17.99%

* "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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