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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 27,105 94.61% 30,801 93.23%
Spanish 472 1.65% 884 2.68%
Other Indo-European* 525 1.83% 697 2.11%
Asian Language** 368 1.28% 537 1.63%
Other 179 0.62% 119 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,649 100.00% 33,038 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 236 26.70%
Other Indo-European* 126 18.08%
Asian Language** 268 49.91%
Other Language 56 47.06%
Total 686 2.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 53 11.23%
Other Indo-European* 126 24.00%
Asian Language** 245 66.58%
Other Language 69 38.55%
Total 493 1.72%

* "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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