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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 31,978 97.57% 34,379 96.82%
Spanish 313 0.96% 581 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 418 1.28% 399 1.12%
Asian Language** 39 0.12% 101 0.28%
Other 26 0.08% 48 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,774 100.00% 35,508 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 203 34.94%
Other Indo-European* 91 22.81%
Asian Language** 60 59.41%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 354 1.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 90 28.75%
Other Indo-European* 127 30.38%
Asian Language** 9 23.08%
Other Language 0 -
Total 226 0.69%

* "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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