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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 9,593 74.29% 11,397 79.21%
Spanish 2,985 23.12% 2,693 18.72%
Other Indo-European* 295 2.28% 215 1.49%
Asian Language** 34 0.26% 29 0.20%
Other 6 0.05% 54 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,913 100.00% 14,388 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 625 23.21%
Other Indo-European* 40 18.60%
Asian Language** 17 58.62%
Other Language 2 3.70%
Total 684 4.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 827 27.71%
Other Indo-European* 45 15.25%
Asian Language** 19 55.88%
Other Language 0 -
Total 891 6.90%

* "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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