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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 14,999 53.68% 19,388 54.68%
Spanish 12,588 45.05% 15,592 43.97%
Other Indo-European* 290 1.04% 421 1.19%
Asian Language** 64 0.23% 21 0.06%
Other 1 0.00% 37 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,942 100.00% 35,459 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,690 36.49%
Other Indo-European* 70 16.63%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 10 27.03%
Total 5,770 16.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,513 43.80%
Other Indo-European* 54 18.62%
Asian Language** 31 48.44%
Other Language 0 -
Total 5,598 20.03%

* "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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