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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 4,695 57.76% 4,815 57.27%
Spanish 3,314 40.77% 3,450 41.04%
Other Indo-European* 63 0.78% 92 1.09%
Asian Language** 32 0.39% 32 0.38%
Other 25 0.31% 18 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,129 100.00% 8,407 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,052 30.49%
Other Indo-European* 6 6.52%
Asian Language** 13 40.63%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,071 12.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,391 41.97%
Other Indo-European* 27 42.86%
Asian Language** 23 71.88%
Other Language 14 56.00%
Total 1,455 17.90%

* "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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