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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 31,544 70.29% 33,377 69.61%
Spanish 13,012 29.00% 13,995 29.19%
Other Indo-European* 222 0.49% 394 0.82%
Asian Language** 33 0.07% 101 0.21%
Other 64 0.14% 85 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,875 100.00% 47,952 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,364 31.18%
Other Indo-European* 147 37.31%
Asian Language** 43 42.57%
Other Language 6 7.06%
Total 4,560 9.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,940 37.96%
Other Indo-European* 66 29.73%
Asian Language** 23 69.70%
Other Language 21 32.81%
Total 5,050 11.25%

* "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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