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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 31,747 97.07% 32,095 97.50%
Spanish 332 1.02% 391 1.19%
Other Indo-European* 475 1.45% 351 1.07%
Asian Language** 112 0.34% 75 0.23%
Other 38 0.12% 7 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,704 100.00% 32,919 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 119 30.43%
Other Indo-European* 97 27.64%
Asian Language** 45 60.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 261 0.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95 28.61%
Other Indo-European* 90 18.95%
Asian Language** 74 66.07%
Other Language 0 -
Total 259 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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