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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 24,075 70.74% 24,645 55.38%
Spanish 8,955 26.31% 18,376 41.29%
Other Indo-European* 434 1.28% 731 1.64%
Asian Language** 557 1.64% 721 1.62%
Other 14 0.04% 31 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,035 100.00% 44,504 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10,541 57.36%
Other Indo-European* 283 38.71%
Asian Language** 379 52.57%
Other Language 4 12.90%
Total 11,207 25.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,433 60.67%
Other Indo-European* 108 24.88%
Asian Language** 403 72.35%
Other Language 7 50.00%
Total 5,951 17.48%

* "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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