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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 30,865 95.50% 32,313 91.18%
Spanish 921 2.85% 2,631 7.42%
Other Indo-European* 367 1.14% 357 1.01%
Asian Language** 130 0.40% 94 0.27%
Other 35 0.11% 44 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,318 100.00% 35,439 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,534 58.30%
Other Indo-European* 160 44.82%
Asian Language** 19 20.21%
Other Language 12 27.27%
Total 1,725 4.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 532 57.76%
Other Indo-European* 125 34.06%
Asian Language** 93 71.54%
Other Language 11 31.43%
Total 761 2.35%

* "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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