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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 21,999 90.71% 33,173 91.52%
Spanish 1,567 6.46% 2,324 6.41%
Other Indo-European* 468 1.93% 409 1.13%
Asian Language** 118 0.49% 154 0.42%
Other 101 0.42% 185 0.51%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,253 100.00% 36,245 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,150 49.48%
Other Indo-European* 120 29.34%
Asian Language** 64 41.56%
Other Language 33 17.84%
Total 1,367 3.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 713 45.50%
Other Indo-European* 66 14.10%
Asian Language** 29 24.58%
Other Language 42 41.58%
Total 850 3.50%

* "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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