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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 33,157 97.12% 33,534 96.67%
Spanish 444 1.30% 543 1.57%
Other Indo-European* 343 1.00% 439 1.27%
Asian Language** 164 0.48% 141 0.41%
Other 31 0.09% 32 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,139 100.00% 34,689 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 183 33.70%
Other Indo-European* 102 23.23%
Asian Language** 49 34.75%
Other Language 10 31.25%
Total 344 0.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 113 25.45%
Other Indo-European* 100 29.15%
Asian Language** 52 31.71%
Other Language 5 16.13%
Total 270 0.79%

* "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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