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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 38,467 96.74% 38,521 96.86%
Spanish 715 1.80% 652 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 433 1.09% 368 0.93%
Asian Language** 109 0.27% 181 0.46%
Other 38 0.10% 47 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,762 100.00% 39,769 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 234 35.89%
Other Indo-European* 104 28.26%
Asian Language** 112 61.88%
Other Language 17 36.17%
Total 467 1.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 224 31.33%
Other Indo-European* 130 30.02%
Asian Language** 46 42.20%
Other Language 5 13.16%
Total 405 1.02%

* "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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