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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 22,846 88.74% 27,748 86.21%
Spanish 2,092 8.13% 3,241 10.07%
Other Indo-European* 506 1.97% 392 1.22%
Asian Language** 170 0.66% 651 2.02%
Other 132 0.51% 153 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,746 100.00% 32,185 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 955 29.47%
Other Indo-European* 86 21.94%
Asian Language** 185 28.42%
Other Language 19 12.42%
Total 1,245 3.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 800 38.24%
Other Indo-European* 64 12.65%
Asian Language** 101 59.41%
Other Language 51 38.64%
Total 1,016 3.95%

* "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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