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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 1,132 18.53% 1,052 15.60%
Spanish 4,959 81.18% 5,656 83.85%
Other Indo-European* 3 0.05% 29 0.43%
Asian Language** 13 0.21% 8 0.12%
Other 2 0.03% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,109 100.00% 6,745 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,057 54.05%
Other Indo-European* 5 17.24%
Asian Language** 6 75.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 3,068 45.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,405 48.50%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 7 53.85%
Other Language 0 -
Total 2,412 39.48%

* "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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