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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 33,696 96.28% 42,488 95.23%
Spanish 791 2.26% 1,418 3.18%
Other Indo-European* 427 1.22% 570 1.28%
Asian Language** 50 0.14% 118 0.26%
Other 34 0.10% 20 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,998 100.00% 44,614 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 536 37.80%
Other Indo-European* 172 30.18%
Asian Language** 70 59.32%
Other Language 7 35.00%
Total 785 1.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 237 29.96%
Other Indo-European* 146 34.19%
Asian Language** 18 36.00%
Other Language 13 38.24%
Total 414 1.18%

* "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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