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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 24,159 96.19% 30,392 92.69%
Spanish 596 2.37% 1,965 5.99%
Other Indo-European* 341 1.36% 316 0.96%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 53 0.16%
Other 20 0.08% 63 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,116 100.00% 32,789 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,106 56.28%
Other Indo-European* 132 41.77%
Asian Language** 29 54.72%
Other Language 20 31.75%
Total 1,287 3.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 245 41.11%
Other Indo-European* 69 20.23%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 9 45.00%
Total 323 1.29%

* "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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