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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 26,826 94.15% 30,544 90.27%
Spanish 1,264 4.44% 2,875 8.50%
Other Indo-European* 295 1.04% 284 0.84%
Asian Language** 97 0.34% 107 0.32%
Other 12 0.04% 25 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,494 100.00% 33,835 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,771 61.60%
Other Indo-European* 66 23.24%
Asian Language** 85 79.44%
Other Language 6 24.00%
Total 1,928 5.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 605 47.86%
Other Indo-European* 75 25.42%
Asian Language** 44 45.36%
Other Language 1 8.33%
Total 725 2.54%

* "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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