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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 35,314 92.47% 37,780 87.11%
Spanish 2,378 6.23% 5,256 12.12%
Other Indo-European* 309 0.81% 251 0.58%
Asian Language** 126 0.33% 71 0.16%
Other 63 0.16% 12 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 38,190 100.00% 43,370 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,179 60.48%
Other Indo-European* 35 13.94%
Asian Language** 28 39.44%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,242 7.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,242 52.23%
Other Indo-European* 78 25.24%
Asian Language** 61 48.41%
Other Language 7 11.11%
Total 1,388 3.63%

* "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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