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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 11,375 70.42% 10,834 59.32%
Spanish 4,446 27.52% 7,250 39.70%
Other Indo-European* 56 0.35% 48 0.26%
Asian Language** 256 1.58% 124 0.68%
Other 21 0.13% 7 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,154 100.00% 18,263 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,624 49.99%
Other Indo-European* 19 39.58%
Asian Language** 57 45.97%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,700 20.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,346 52.77%
Other Indo-European* 19 33.93%
Asian Language** 164 64.06%
Other Language 0 -
Total 2,529 15.66%

* "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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