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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 19,226 90.59% 27,603 86.53%
Spanish 1,666 7.85% 3,885 12.18%
Other Indo-European* 307 1.45% 333 1.04%
Asian Language** 9 0.04% 77 0.24%
Other 15 0.07% 2 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,223 100.00% 31,900 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,588 40.88%
Other Indo-European* 37 11.11%
Asian Language** 34 44.16%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,659 5.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 553 33.19%
Other Indo-European* 57 18.57%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 1 6.67%
Total 611 2.88%

* "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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