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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 32,598 97.49% 36,807 97.08%
Spanish 395 1.18% 494 1.30%
Other Indo-European* 358 1.07% 433 1.14%
Asian Language** 86 0.26% 143 0.38%
Other 0 0.00% 38 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,437 100.00% 37,915 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 215 43.52%
Other Indo-European* 129 29.79%
Asian Language** 63 44.06%
Other Language 2 5.26%
Total 409 1.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 66 16.71%
Other Indo-European* 106 29.61%
Asian Language** 17 19.77%
Other Language 0 -
Total 189 0.57%

* "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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