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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 9,774 90.63% 10,727 81.99%
Spanish 766 7.10% 2,189 16.73%
Other Indo-European* 174 1.61% 97 0.74%
Asian Language** 12 0.11% 20 0.15%
Other 58 0.54% 51 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 10,784 100.00% 13,084 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,372 62.68%
Other Indo-European* 12 12.37%
Asian Language** 9 45.00%
Other Language 40 78.43%
Total 1,433 10.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 367 47.91%
Other Indo-European* 63 36.21%
Asian Language** 7 58.33%
Other Language 14 24.14%
Total 451 4.18%

* "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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