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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 1,801 62.56% 2,712 70.79%
Spanish 1,009 35.05% 1,075 28.06%
Other Indo-European* 61 2.12% 36 0.94%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 8 0.21%
Other 8 0.28% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 2,879 100.00% 3,831 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 351 32.65%
Other Indo-European* 10 27.78%
Asian Language** 8 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 369 9.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 503 49.85%
Other Indo-European* 11 18.03%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 514 17.85%

* "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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