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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 50,143 73.29% 56,776 72.99%
Spanish 16,881 24.67% 19,745 25.38%
Other Indo-European* 1,178 1.72% 908 1.17%
Asian Language** 148 0.22% 330 0.42%
Other 64 0.09% 30 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 68,414 100.00% 77,789 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,227 31.54%
Other Indo-European* 217 23.90%
Asian Language** 152 46.06%
Other Language 3 10.00%
Total 6,599 8.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,034 35.74%
Other Indo-European* 287 24.36%
Asian Language** 52 35.14%
Other Language 0 -
Total 6,373 9.32%

* "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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