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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 13,899 90.68% 13,979 75.33%
Spanish 1,001 6.53% 3,954 21.31%
Other Indo-European* 188 1.23% 173 0.93%
Asian Language** 221 1.44% 434 2.34%
Other 19 0.12% 17 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,328 100.00% 18,557 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,331 58.95%
Other Indo-European* 32 18.50%
Asian Language** 323 74.42%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,686 14.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 525 52.45%
Other Indo-European* 45 23.94%
Asian Language** 135 61.09%
Other Language 0 -
Total 705 4.60%

* "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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