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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 37,171 95.35% 42,316 95.62%
Spanish 1,198 3.07% 1,279 2.89%
Other Indo-European* 527 1.35% 389 0.88%
Asian Language** 49 0.13% 111 0.25%
Other 40 0.10% 158 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 38,985 100.00% 44,253 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 430 33.62%
Other Indo-European* 95 24.42%
Asian Language** 41 36.94%
Other Language 48 30.38%
Total 614 1.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 559 46.66%
Other Indo-European* 104 19.73%
Asian Language** 26 53.06%
Other Language 6 15.00%
Total 695 1.78%

* "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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