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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 17,865 78.37% 16,827 68.80%
Spanish 3,848 16.88% 6,524 26.67%
Other Indo-European* 492 2.16% 293 1.20%
Asian Language** 570 2.50% 725 2.96%
Other 20 0.09% 90 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 22,795 100.00% 24,459 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,693 56.61%
Other Indo-European* 94 32.08%
Asian Language** 527 72.69%
Other Language 6 6.67%
Total 4,320 17.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,151 55.90%
Other Indo-European* 167 33.94%
Asian Language** 470 82.46%
Other Language 20 100.00%
Total 2,808 12.32%

* "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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