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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 32,030 97.94% 30,917 96.17%
Spanish 374 1.14% 707 2.20%
Other Indo-European* 214 0.65% 249 0.77%
Asian Language** 53 0.16% 263 0.82%
Other 33 0.10% 12 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,704 100.00% 32,148 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 428 60.54%
Other Indo-European* 77 30.92%
Asian Language** 185 70.34%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 690 2.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 194 51.87%
Other Indo-European* 77 35.98%
Asian Language** 23 43.40%
Other Language 0 -
Total 294 0.90%

* "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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