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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 15,387 93.73% 19,787 89.12%
Spanish 441 2.69% 1,480 6.67%
Other Indo-European* 248 1.51% 266 1.20%
Asian Language** 253 1.54% 485 2.18%
Other 87 0.53% 184 0.83%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,416 100.00% 22,202 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 632 42.70%
Other Indo-European* 49 18.42%
Asian Language** 112 23.09%
Other Language 42 22.83%
Total 835 3.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 198 44.90%
Other Indo-European* 64 25.81%
Asian Language** 74 29.25%
Other Language 9 10.34%
Total 345 2.10%

* "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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