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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 909 29.23% 733 26.62%
Spanish 2,175 69.94% 1,986 72.11%
Other Indo-European* 26 0.84% 24 0.87%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 11 0.40%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 3,110 100.00% 2,754 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 727 36.61%
Other Indo-European* 9 37.50%
Asian Language** 1 9.09%
Other Language 0 -
Total 737 26.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 799 36.74%
Other Indo-European* 5 19.23%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 804 25.85%

* "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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