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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 28,402 83.58% 33,871 81.85%
Spanish 4,740 13.95% 6,608 15.97%
Other Indo-European* 760 2.24% 708 1.71%
Asian Language** 70 0.21% 182 0.44%
Other 9 0.03% 14 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,981 100.00% 41,383 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,699 40.84%
Other Indo-European* 204 28.81%
Asian Language** 51 28.02%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,954 7.14%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,644 34.68%
Other Indo-European* 120 15.79%
Asian Language** 37 52.86%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,801 5.30%

* "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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