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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 35,182 97.83% 41,870 97.40%
Spanish 348 0.97% 441 1.03%
Other Indo-European* 370 1.03% 602 1.40%
Asian Language** 64 0.18% 73 0.17%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,964 100.00% 42,986 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 185 41.95%
Other Indo-European* 167 27.74%
Asian Language** 30 41.10%
Other Language 0 -
Total 382 0.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 92 24.86%
Asian Language** 30 46.88%
Other Language 0 -
Total 238 0.66%

* "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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