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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 20,064 95.59% 27,455 89.62%
Spanish 485 2.31% 2,146 7.00%
Other Indo-European* 348 1.66% 626 2.04%
Asian Language** 87 0.41% 339 1.11%
Other 6 0.03% 70 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,990 100.00% 30,636 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,204 56.10%
Other Indo-European* 134 21.41%
Asian Language** 173 51.03%
Other Language 25 35.71%
Total 1,536 5.01%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 208 42.89%
Other Indo-European* 92 26.44%
Asian Language** 28 32.18%
Other Language 6 100.00%
Total 334 1.59%

* "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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