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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 6,163 23.00% 6,848 19.46%
Spanish 20,392 76.10% 27,956 79.46%
Other Indo-European* 197 0.74% 182 0.52%
Asian Language** 39 0.15% 187 0.53%
Other 7 0.03% 11 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,798 100.00% 35,184 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 14,007 50.10%
Other Indo-European* 54 29.67%
Asian Language** 97 51.87%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 14,158 40.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,253 50.28%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 7 100.00%
Total 10,260 38.29%

* "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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