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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 23,379 91.40% 35,725 91.22%
Spanish 1,223 4.78% 2,327 5.94%
Other Indo-European* 696 2.72% 731 1.87%
Asian Language** 46 0.18% 214 0.55%
Other 235 0.92% 167 0.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,579 100.00% 39,164 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,182 50.80%
Other Indo-European* 129 17.65%
Asian Language** 108 50.47%
Other Language 37 22.16%
Total 1,456 3.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 432 35.32%
Other Indo-European* 180 25.86%
Asian Language** 13 28.26%
Other Language 63 26.81%
Total 688 2.69%

* "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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