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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 16,209 66.35% 20,176 67.74%
Spanish 7,798 31.92% 9,244 31.03%
Other Indo-European* 296 1.21% 170 0.57%
Asian Language** 88 0.36% 187 0.63%
Other 39 0.16% 9 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,430 100.00% 29,786 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,888 31.24%
Other Indo-European* 17 10.00%
Asian Language** 124 66.31%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,029 10.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,450 44.24%
Other Indo-European* 64 21.62%
Asian Language** 39 44.32%
Other Language 26 66.67%
Total 3,579 14.65%

* "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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