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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 22,916 77.29% 22,062 60.82%
Spanish 5,364 18.09% 12,736 35.11%
Other Indo-European* 400 1.35% 531 1.46%
Asian Language** 970 3.27% 884 2.44%
Other 0 0.00% 62 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,650 100.00% 36,275 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,185 56.41%
Other Indo-European* 218 41.05%
Asian Language** 568 64.25%
Other Language 47 75.81%
Total 8,018 22.10%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,454 45.75%
Other Indo-European* 65 16.25%
Asian Language** 613 63.20%
Other Language 0 -
Total 3,132 10.56%

* "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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