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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 37,273 95.24% 37,854 94.76%
Spanish 423 1.08% 692 1.73%
Other Indo-European* 977 2.50% 838 2.10%
Asian Language** 198 0.51% 373 0.93%
Other 266 0.68% 190 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,137 100.00% 39,947 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 254 36.71%
Other Indo-European* 221 26.37%
Asian Language** 182 48.79%
Other Language 54 28.42%
Total 711 1.78%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 38.30%
Other Indo-European* 310 31.73%
Asian Language** 98 49.49%
Other Language 43 16.17%
Total 613 1.57%

* "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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