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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 2,593,825 84.77% 2,600,601 81.66%
Spanish 167,007 5.46% 268,044 8.42%
Other Indo-European* 257,476 8.41% 251,335 7.89%
Asian Language** 26,747 0.87% 47,993 1.51%
Other 14,945 0.49% 16,541 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 3,060,000 100.00% 3,184,514 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116,538 43.48%
Other Indo-European* 90,355 35.95%
Asian Language** 23,246 48.44%
Other Language 4,660 28.17%
Total 234,799 7.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 77,972 46.69%
Other Indo-European* 88,326 34.30%
Asian Language** 13,168 49.23%
Other Language 4,552 30.46%
Total 184,018 6.01%

* "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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