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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 33,928 91.82% 34,270 88.32%
Spanish 2,445 6.62% 3,810 9.82%
Other Indo-European* 419 1.13% 442 1.14%
Asian Language** 129 0.35% 225 0.58%
Other 31 0.08% 54 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,952 100.00% 38,801 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,852 48.61%
Other Indo-European* 96 21.72%
Asian Language** 98 43.56%
Other Language 16 29.63%
Total 2,062 5.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,258 51.45%
Other Indo-European* 152 36.28%
Asian Language** 46 35.66%
Other Language 25 80.65%
Total 1,481 4.01%

* "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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