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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 6,324 82.13% 7,563 76.95%
Spanish 1,159 15.05% 2,109 21.46%
Other Indo-European* 47 0.61% 51 0.52%
Asian Language** 33 0.43% 17 0.17%
Other 137 1.78% 88 0.90%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,700 100.00% 9,828 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,137 53.91%
Other Indo-European* 15 29.41%
Asian Language** 8 47.06%
Other Language 26 29.55%
Total 1,186 12.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 571 49.27%
Other Indo-European* 5 10.64%
Asian Language** 9 27.27%
Other Language 50 36.50%
Total 635 8.25%

* "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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