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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 37,215 96.90% 56,558 95.74%
Spanish 263 0.68% 1,179 2.00%
Other Indo-European* 706 1.84% 978 1.66%
Asian Language** 129 0.34% 253 0.43%
Other 93 0.24% 106 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 38,406 100.00% 59,074 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 388 32.91%
Other Indo-European* 265 27.10%
Asian Language** 118 46.64%
Other Language 29 27.36%
Total 800 1.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 72 27.38%
Other Indo-European* 177 25.07%
Asian Language** 26 20.16%
Other Language 3 3.23%
Total 278 0.72%

* "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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