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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 33,357 95.76% 38,545 90.40%
Spanish 698 2.00% 2,860 6.71%
Other Indo-European* 717 2.06% 984 2.31%
Asian Language** 47 0.13% 165 0.39%
Other 16 0.05% 83 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,835 100.00% 42,637 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,687 58.99%
Other Indo-European* 376 38.21%
Asian Language** 111 67.27%
Other Language 63 75.90%
Total 2,237 5.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 200 28.65%
Other Indo-European* 279 38.91%
Asian Language** 26 55.32%
Other Language 6 37.50%
Total 511 1.47%

* "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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