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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 29,840 97.31% 33,102 96.69%
Spanish 221 0.72% 202 0.59%
Other Indo-European* 576 1.88% 864 2.52%
Asian Language** 13 0.04% 42 0.12%
Other 14 0.05% 24 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,664 100.00% 34,234 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43 21.29%
Other Indo-European* 182 21.06%
Asian Language** 18 42.86%
Other Language 4 16.67%
Total 247 0.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 21 9.50%
Other Indo-European* 151 26.22%
Asian Language** 4 30.77%
Other Language 0 -
Total 176 0.57%

* "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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