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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 23,544 90.47% 26,313 85.18%
Spanish 2,038 7.83% 4,059 13.14%
Other Indo-European* 379 1.46% 398 1.29%
Asian Language** 62 0.24% 114 0.37%
Other 0 0.00% 7 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,023 100.00% 30,891 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,097 51.66%
Other Indo-European* 43 10.80%
Asian Language** 31 27.19%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,171 7.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 918 45.04%
Other Indo-European* 150 39.58%
Asian Language** 47 75.81%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,115 4.28%

* "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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