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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 38,833 96.58% 39,870 97.63%
Spanish 639 1.59% 420 1.03%
Other Indo-European* 641 1.59% 512 1.25%
Asian Language** 63 0.16% 24 0.06%
Other 31 0.08% 11 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,207 100.00% 40,837 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 206 49.05%
Other Indo-European* 162 31.64%
Asian Language** 7 29.17%
Other Language 6 54.55%
Total 381 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 288 45.07%
Other Indo-European* 190 29.64%
Asian Language** 25 39.68%
Other Language 24 77.42%
Total 527 1.31%

* "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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