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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 17,816 58.57% 23,556 72.25%
Spanish 41 0.13% 271 0.83%
Other Indo-European* 12,525 41.17% 8,676 26.61%
Asian Language** 11 0.04% 74 0.23%
Other 26 0.09% 26 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,419 100.00% 32,603 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 86 31.73%
Other Indo-European* 2,362 27.22%
Asian Language** 42 56.76%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,490 7.64%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 17.07%
Other Indo-European* 4,084 32.61%
Asian Language** 7 63.64%
Other Language 0 -
Total 4,098 13.47%

* "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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