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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 31,330 97.76% 32,350 97.33%
Spanish 262 0.82% 363 1.09%
Other Indo-European* 359 1.12% 387 1.16%
Asian Language** 84 0.26% 125 0.38%
Other 12 0.04% 13 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,047 100.00% 33,238 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 103 28.37%
Other Indo-European* 125 32.30%
Asian Language** 110 88.00%
Other Language 8 61.54%
Total 346 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 31 11.83%
Other Indo-European* 109 30.36%
Asian Language** 15 17.86%
Other Language 5 41.67%
Total 160 0.50%

* "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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