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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 35,019 96.99% 34,580 96.65%
Spanish 538 1.49% 709 1.98%
Other Indo-European* 457 1.27% 289 0.81%
Asian Language** 74 0.20% 125 0.35%
Other 17 0.05% 76 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,105 100.00% 35,779 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 227 32.02%
Other Indo-European* 63 21.80%
Asian Language** 29 23.20%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 319 0.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 246 45.72%
Other Indo-European* 171 37.42%
Asian Language** 50 67.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 467 1.29%

* "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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