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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 13,339 94.38% 24,868 89.81%
Spanish 481 3.40% 2,057 7.43%
Other Indo-European* 270 1.91% 514 1.86%
Asian Language** 18 0.13% 194 0.70%
Other 25 0.18% 57 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,133 100.00% 27,690 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,267 61.59%
Other Indo-European* 109 21.21%
Asian Language** 76 39.18%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,452 5.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 90 18.71%
Other Indo-European* 72 26.67%
Asian Language** 6 33.33%
Other Language 9 36.00%
Total 177 1.25%

* "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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