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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 35,443 95.88% 39,714 95.32%
Spanish 561 1.52% 666 1.60%
Other Indo-European* 904 2.45% 1,160 2.78%
Asian Language** 21 0.06% 90 0.22%
Other 38 0.10% 36 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,967 100.00% 41,666 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 228 34.23%
Other Indo-European* 388 33.45%
Asian Language** 30 33.33%
Other Language 14 38.89%
Total 660 1.58%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 157 27.99%
Other Indo-European* 274 30.31%
Asian Language** 7 33.33%
Other Language 6 15.79%
Total 444 1.20%

* "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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