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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 19,404 81.35% 23,104 78.89%
Spanish 3,873 16.24% 5,640 19.26%
Other Indo-European* 210 0.88% 234 0.80%
Asian Language** 323 1.35% 220 0.75%
Other 42 0.18% 87 0.30%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,852 100.00% 29,285 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,362 41.88%
Other Indo-European* 81 34.62%
Asian Language** 126 57.27%
Other Language 8 9.20%
Total 2,577 8.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,321 34.11%
Other Indo-European* 29 13.81%
Asian Language** 133 41.18%
Other Language 13 30.95%
Total 1,496 6.27%

* "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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