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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 33,612 94.03% 34,798 90.10%
Spanish 943 2.64% 2,781 7.20%
Other Indo-European* 1,106 3.09% 851 2.20%
Asian Language** 51 0.14% 47 0.12%
Other 33 0.09% 143 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,745 100.00% 38,620 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,179 42.39%
Other Indo-European* 137 16.10%
Asian Language** 17 36.17%
Other Language 84 58.74%
Total 1,417 3.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 417 44.22%
Other Indo-European* 325 29.39%
Asian Language** 24 47.06%
Other Language 0 -
Total 766 2.14%

* "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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