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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 8,168 66.16% 8,433 56.70%
Spanish 3,670 29.73% 6,162 41.43%
Other Indo-European* 457 3.70% 227 1.53%
Asian Language** 37 0.30% 32 0.22%
Other 13 0.11% 19 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,345 100.00% 14,873 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,289 53.38%
Other Indo-European* 31 13.66%
Asian Language** 20 62.50%
Other Language 19 100.00%
Total 3,359 22.58%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,438 39.18%
Other Indo-European* 198 43.33%
Asian Language** 6 16.22%
Other Language 4 30.77%
Total 1,646 13.33%

* "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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