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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 10,701 84.86% 13,160 85.90%
Spanish 1,256 9.96% 1,760 11.49%
Other Indo-European* 609 4.83% 367 2.40%
Asian Language** 12 0.10% 17 0.11%
Other 32 0.25% 17 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,610 100.00% 15,321 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 723 41.08%
Other Indo-European* 114 31.06%
Asian Language** 12 70.59%
Other Language 2 11.76%
Total 851 5.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 375 29.86%
Other Indo-European* 150 24.63%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 8 25.00%
Total 533 4.23%

* "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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