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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 8,015 87.68% 9,993 82.61%
Spanish 857 9.38% 1,793 14.82%
Other Indo-European* 159 1.74% 205 1.69%
Asian Language** 32 0.35% 70 0.58%
Other 78 0.85% 36 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,141 100.00% 12,097 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,050 58.56%
Other Indo-European* 30 14.63%
Asian Language** 15 21.43%
Other Language 18 50.00%
Total 1,113 9.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 520 60.68%
Other Indo-European* 27 16.98%
Asian Language** 23 71.88%
Other Language 19 24.36%
Total 589 6.44%

* "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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