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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 27,067 95.87% 27,979 96.47%
Spanish 430 1.52% 474 1.63%
Other Indo-European* 637 2.26% 332 1.14%
Asian Language** 98 0.35% 186 0.64%
Other 2 0.01% 33 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,234 100.00% 29,004 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 195 41.14%
Other Indo-European* 97 29.22%
Asian Language** 127 68.28%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 419 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 182 42.33%
Other Indo-European* 188 29.51%
Asian Language** 33 33.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 403 1.43%

* "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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