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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 13,056 84.23% 14,254 75.29%
Spanish 2,207 14.24% 4,273 22.57%
Other Indo-European* 176 1.14% 219 1.16%
Asian Language** 41 0.26% 173 0.91%
Other 21 0.14% 13 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,501 100.00% 18,932 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,745 64.24%
Other Indo-European* 59 26.94%
Asian Language** 97 56.07%
Other Language 6 46.15%
Total 2,907 15.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,204 54.55%
Other Indo-European* 23 13.07%
Asian Language** 4 9.76%
Other Language 5 23.81%
Total 1,236 7.97%

* "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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