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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 35,020 97.32% 32,755 96.27%
Spanish 495 1.38% 835 2.45%
Other Indo-European* 397 1.10% 216 0.63%
Asian Language** 28 0.08% 149 0.44%
Other 44 0.12% 70 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,984 100.00% 34,025 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 234 28.02%
Other Indo-European* 41 18.98%
Asian Language** 72 48.32%
Other Language 3 4.29%
Total 350 1.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 91 18.38%
Other Indo-European* 167 42.07%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 34 77.27%
Total 292 0.81%

* "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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