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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 29,699 92.64% 28,303 84.58%
Spanish 1,305 4.07% 4,423 13.22%
Other Indo-European* 451 1.41% 329 0.98%
Asian Language** 583 1.82% 316 0.94%
Other 20 0.06% 93 0.28%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,058 100.00% 33,464 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,689 60.80%
Other Indo-European* 118 35.87%
Asian Language** 139 43.99%
Other Language 59 63.44%
Total 3,005 8.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 537 41.15%
Other Indo-European* 102 22.62%
Asian Language** 467 80.10%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,106 3.45%

* "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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