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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 8,123 38.09% 13,505 47.64%
Spanish 11,819 55.42% 13,113 46.26%
Other Indo-European* 210 0.98% 435 1.53%
Asian Language** 22 0.10% 45 0.16%
Other 1,154 5.41% 1,249 4.41%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,328 100.00% 28,347 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,369 25.69%
Other Indo-European* 29 6.67%
Asian Language** 13 28.89%
Other Language 254 20.34%
Total 3,665 12.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,514 21.27%
Other Indo-European* 8 3.81%
Asian Language** 8 36.36%
Other Language 287 24.87%
Total 2,817 13.21%

* "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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