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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 34,035 98.24% 34,094 98.15%
Spanish 217 0.63% 271 0.78%
Other Indo-European* 278 0.80% 226 0.65%
Asian Language** 104 0.30% 134 0.39%
Other 9 0.03% 11 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,643 100.00% 34,736 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 101 37.27%
Other Indo-European* 14 6.19%
Asian Language** 36 26.87%
Other Language 5 45.45%
Total 156 0.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 46 21.20%
Other Indo-European* 80 28.78%
Asian Language** 51 49.04%
Other Language 1 11.11%
Total 178 0.51%

* "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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