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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 26,174 96.53% 31,842 92.24%
Spanish 642 2.37% 2,232 6.47%
Other Indo-European* 244 0.90% 307 0.89%
Asian Language** 54 0.20% 104 0.30%
Other 0 0.00% 37 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,114 100.00% 34,522 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,406 62.99%
Other Indo-European* 65 21.17%
Asian Language** 31 29.81%
Other Language 8 21.62%
Total 1,510 4.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 299 46.57%
Other Indo-European* 72 29.51%
Asian Language** 32 59.26%
Other Language 0 -
Total 403 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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