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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 27,491 97.28% 35,011 96.83%
Spanish 229 0.81% 486 1.34%
Other Indo-European* 337 1.19% 348 0.96%
Asian Language** 139 0.49% 276 0.76%
Other 63 0.22% 38 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,259 100.00% 36,159 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 151 31.07%
Other Indo-European* 57 16.38%
Asian Language** 153 55.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 361 1.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95 41.48%
Other Indo-European* 130 38.58%
Asian Language** 61 43.88%
Other Language 30 47.62%
Total 316 1.12%

* "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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