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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 31,876 95.16% 29,545 93.71%
Spanish 409 1.22% 831 2.64%
Other Indo-European* 496 1.48% 581 1.84%
Asian Language** 624 1.86% 495 1.57%
Other 94 0.28% 75 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,499 100.00% 31,527 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 212 25.51%
Other Indo-European* 173 29.78%
Asian Language** 234 47.27%
Other Language 24 32.00%
Total 643 2.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 105 25.67%
Other Indo-European* 86 17.34%
Asian Language** 296 47.44%
Other Language 23 24.47%
Total 510 1.52%

* "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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