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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 30,386 97.89% 32,882 97.96%
Spanish 250 0.81% 316 0.94%
Other Indo-European* 322 1.04% 328 0.98%
Asian Language** 44 0.14% 15 0.04%
Other 40 0.13% 25 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 31,042 100.00% 33,566 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 198 62.66%
Other Indo-European* 109 33.23%
Asian Language** 8 53.33%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 315 0.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 112 44.80%
Other Indo-European* 75 23.29%
Asian Language** 23 52.27%
Other Language 18 45.00%
Total 228 0.73%

* "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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