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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 41,860 83.70% 48,887 71.67%
Spanish 6,926 13.85% 17,188 25.20%
Other Indo-European* 815 1.63% 1,687 2.47%
Asian Language** 315 0.63% 363 0.53%
Other 95 0.19% 89 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,011 100.00% 68,214 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9,742 56.68%
Other Indo-European* 796 47.18%
Asian Language** 109 30.03%
Other Language 34 38.20%
Total 10,681 15.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,558 51.37%
Other Indo-European* 172 21.10%
Asian Language** 140 44.44%
Other Language 10 10.53%
Total 3,880 7.76%

* "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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