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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 33,572 96.07% 33,601 92.81%
Spanish 275 0.79% 1,555 4.30%
Other Indo-European* 919 2.63% 667 1.84%
Asian Language** 177 0.51% 284 0.78%
Other 1 0.00% 96 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,944 100.00% 36,203 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 883 56.78%
Other Indo-European* 161 24.14%
Asian Language** 193 67.96%
Other Language 24 25.00%
Total 1,261 3.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 98 35.64%
Other Indo-European* 275 29.92%
Asian Language** 146 82.49%
Other Language 0 -
Total 519 1.49%

* "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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