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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 31,737 96.75% 41,998 94.89%
Spanish 397 1.21% 871 1.97%
Other Indo-European* 482 1.47% 957 2.16%
Asian Language** 122 0.37% 202 0.46%
Other 65 0.20% 232 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,803 100.00% 44,260 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 369 42.37%
Other Indo-European* 291 30.41%
Asian Language** 141 69.80%
Other Language 57 24.57%
Total 858 1.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 219 55.16%
Other Indo-European* 182 37.76%
Asian Language** 81 66.39%
Other Language 16 24.62%
Total 498 1.52%

* "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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