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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 7,363 54.19% 9,732 57.74%
Spanish 4,695 34.56% 5,418 32.15%
Other Indo-European* 167 1.23% 217 1.29%
Asian Language** 173 1.27% 110 0.65%
Other 1,189 8.75% 1,377 8.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,587 100.00% 16,854 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,439 26.56%
Other Indo-European* 12 5.53%
Asian Language** 47 42.73%
Other Language 952 69.14%
Total 2,450 14.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,198 25.52%
Other Indo-European* 59 35.33%
Asian Language** 81 46.82%
Other Language 859 72.25%
Total 2,197 16.17%

* "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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