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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 22,034 93.14% 34,909 87.43%
Spanish 1,214 5.13% 3,973 9.95%
Other Indo-European* 268 1.13% 576 1.44%
Asian Language** 124 0.52% 392 0.98%
Other 18 0.08% 80 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,658 100.00% 39,930 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,947 49.01%
Other Indo-European* 92 15.97%
Asian Language** 119 30.36%
Other Language 25 31.25%
Total 2,183 5.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 510 42.01%
Other Indo-European* 44 16.42%
Asian Language** 35 28.23%
Other Language 7 38.89%
Total 596 2.52%

* "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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