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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 30,420 89.39% 32,870 86.35%
Spanish 2,545 7.48% 4,232 11.12%
Other Indo-European* 290 0.85% 313 0.82%
Asian Language** 153 0.45% 119 0.31%
Other 622 1.83% 531 1.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,030 100.00% 38,065 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,937 45.77%
Other Indo-European* 96 30.67%
Asian Language** 53 44.54%
Other Language 128 24.11%
Total 2,214 5.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,131 44.44%
Other Indo-European* 73 25.17%
Asian Language** 85 55.56%
Other Language 167 26.85%
Total 1,456 4.28%

* "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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