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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 10,212 67.91% 10,012 57.96%
Spanish 4,311 28.67% 6,883 39.84%
Other Indo-European* 367 2.44% 287 1.66%
Asian Language** 129 0.86% 80 0.46%
Other 18 0.12% 13 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,037 100.00% 17,275 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,012 58.29%
Other Indo-European* 122 42.51%
Asian Language** 41 51.25%
Other Language 2 15.38%
Total 4,177 24.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,585 59.96%
Other Indo-European* 142 38.69%
Asian Language** 60 46.51%
Other Language 4 22.22%
Total 2,791 18.56%

* "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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