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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 7,103 85.18% 5,867 70.99%
Spanish 1,189 14.26% 2,349 28.42%
Other Indo-European* 39 0.47% 14 0.17%
Asian Language** 3 0.04% 35 0.42%
Other 5 0.06% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,339 100.00% 8,265 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,285 54.70%
Other Indo-European* 8 57.14%
Asian Language** 25 71.43%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,318 15.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 731 61.48%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 736 8.83%

* "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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