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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 30,366 97.63% 41,560 96.36%
Spanish 291 0.94% 848 1.97%
Other Indo-European* 286 0.92% 487 1.13%
Asian Language** 101 0.32% 127 0.29%
Other 59 0.19% 108 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 31,103 100.00% 43,130 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 30.66%
Other Indo-European* 105 21.56%
Asian Language** 80 62.99%
Other Language 18 16.67%
Total 463 1.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 97 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 78 27.27%
Asian Language** 42 41.58%
Other Language 15 25.42%
Total 232 0.75%

* "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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