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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 2,241 6.14% 4,448 9.26%
Spanish 34,237 93.81% 43,430 90.40%
Other Indo-European* 10 0.03% 42 0.09%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 110 0.23%
Other 8 0.02% 14 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,496 100.00% 48,044 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 24,635 56.72%
Other Indo-European* 15 35.71%
Asian Language** 7 6.36%
Other Language 14 100.00%
Total 24,671 51.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 22,352 65.29%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 4 50.00%
Total 22,356 61.26%

* "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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