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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 26,282 95.23% 27,865 94.33%
Spanish 134 0.49% 844 2.86%
Other Indo-European* 1,089 3.95% 671 2.27%
Asian Language** 89 0.32% 108 0.37%
Other 5 0.02% 53 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,599 100.00% 29,541 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 404 47.87%
Other Indo-European* 143 21.31%
Asian Language** 56 51.85%
Other Language 13 24.53%
Total 616 2.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 40 29.85%
Other Indo-European* 298 27.36%
Asian Language** 41 46.07%
Other Language 0 -
Total 379 1.37%

* "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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