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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 38,078 71.66% 37,929 66.57%
Spanish 14,428 27.15% 18,207 31.95%
Other Indo-European* 389 0.73% 488 0.86%
Asian Language** 185 0.35% 273 0.48%
Other 54 0.10% 81 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,134 100.00% 56,978 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,252 39.83%
Other Indo-European* 136 27.87%
Asian Language** 91 33.33%
Other Language 33 40.74%
Total 7,512 13.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,459 37.84%
Other Indo-European* 73 18.77%
Asian Language** 109 58.92%
Other Language 32 59.26%
Total 5,673 10.68%

* "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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