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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 34,743 97.05% 32,906 89.40%
Spanish 404 1.13% 3,113 8.46%
Other Indo-European* 445 1.24% 374 1.02%
Asian Language** 154 0.43% 315 0.86%
Other 54 0.15% 100 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,800 100.00% 36,808 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,828 58.72%
Other Indo-European* 106 28.34%
Asian Language** 168 53.33%
Other Language 55 55.00%
Total 2,157 5.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 104 25.74%
Other Indo-European* 114 25.62%
Asian Language** 67 43.51%
Other Language 0 -
Total 285 0.80%

* "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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