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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 16,944 91.93% 28,756 89.09%
Spanish 1,082 5.87% 2,835 8.78%
Other Indo-European* 262 1.42% 469 1.45%
Asian Language** 77 0.42% 165 0.51%
Other 67 0.36% 52 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,432 100.00% 32,277 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,312 46.28%
Other Indo-European* 80 17.06%
Asian Language** 33 20.00%
Other Language 11 21.15%
Total 1,436 4.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 441 40.76%
Other Indo-European* 51 19.47%
Asian Language** 19 24.68%
Other Language 8 11.94%
Total 519 2.82%

* "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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