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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 10,719 89.71% 12,535 87.90%
Spanish 537 4.49% 962 6.75%
Other Indo-European* 536 4.49% 648 4.54%
Asian Language** 98 0.82% 64 0.45%
Other 58 0.49% 51 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,948 100.00% 14,260 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 490 50.94%
Other Indo-European* 97 14.97%
Asian Language** 28 43.75%
Other Language 5 9.80%
Total 620 4.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 207 38.55%
Other Indo-European* 77 14.37%
Asian Language** 61 62.24%
Other Language 9 15.52%
Total 354 2.96%

* "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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