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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 18,977 87.44% 23,465 90.16%
Spanish 1,746 8.04% 1,592 6.12%
Other Indo-European* 685 3.16% 370 1.42%
Asian Language** 191 0.88% 425 1.63%
Other 104 0.48% 174 0.67%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,703 100.00% 26,026 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 748 46.98%
Other Indo-European* 70 18.92%
Asian Language** 272 64.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,090 4.19%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 648 37.11%
Other Indo-European* 177 25.84%
Asian Language** 124 64.92%
Other Language 51 49.04%
Total 1,000 4.61%

* "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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