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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 15,276 92.53% 27,840 90.97%
Spanish 786 4.76% 1,872 6.12%
Other Indo-European* 257 1.56% 509 1.66%
Asian Language** 60 0.36% 179 0.58%
Other 131 0.79% 202 0.66%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,510 100.00% 30,602 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 663 35.42%
Other Indo-European* 120 23.58%
Asian Language** 37 20.67%
Other Language 29 14.36%
Total 849 2.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 202 25.70%
Other Indo-European* 87 33.85%
Asian Language** 31 51.67%
Other Language 19 14.50%
Total 339 2.05%

* "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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