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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 15,415 87.04% 16,349 83.15%
Spanish 2,042 11.53% 3,043 15.48%
Other Indo-European* 182 1.03% 175 0.89%
Asian Language** 56 0.32% 47 0.24%
Other 15 0.08% 49 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,710 100.00% 19,663 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,413 46.43%
Other Indo-European* 50 28.57%
Asian Language** 2 4.26%
Other Language 19 38.78%
Total 1,484 7.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 820 40.16%
Other Indo-European* 79 43.41%
Asian Language** 35 62.50%
Other Language 1 6.67%
Total 935 5.28%

* "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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