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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 27,799 90.12% 31,473 84.95%
Spanish 2,337 7.58% 4,695 12.67%
Other Indo-European* 340 1.10% 308 0.83%
Asian Language** 83 0.27% 182 0.49%
Other 289 0.94% 393 1.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,848 100.00% 37,051 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,665 56.76%
Other Indo-European* 49 15.91%
Asian Language** 46 25.27%
Other Language 58 14.76%
Total 2,818 7.61%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,443 61.75%
Other Indo-European* 113 33.24%
Asian Language** 32 38.55%
Other Language 75 25.95%
Total 1,663 5.39%

* "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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