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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 31,793 95.30% 31,567 94.47%
Spanish 652 1.95% 1,130 3.38%
Other Indo-European* 782 2.34% 490 1.47%
Asian Language** 112 0.34% 177 0.53%
Other 22 0.07% 52 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,361 100.00% 33,416 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 555 49.12%
Other Indo-European* 104 21.22%
Asian Language** 79 44.63%
Other Language 4 7.69%
Total 742 2.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 289 44.33%
Other Indo-European* 261 33.38%
Asian Language** 63 56.25%
Other Language 3 13.64%
Total 616 1.85%

* "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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