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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 20,726 95.17% 21,960 87.85%
Spanish 681 3.13% 2,523 10.09%
Other Indo-European* 201 0.92% 207 0.83%
Asian Language** 137 0.63% 307 1.23%
Other 33 0.15% 1 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,778 100.00% 24,998 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,721 68.21%
Other Indo-European* 62 29.95%
Asian Language** 167 54.40%
Other Language 1 100.00%
Total 1,951 7.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 352 51.69%
Other Indo-European* 48 23.88%
Asian Language** 70 51.09%
Other Language 8 24.24%
Total 478 2.19%

* "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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