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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 29,258 98.40% 31,447 97.42%
Spanish 237 0.80% 583 1.81%
Other Indo-European* 215 0.72% 152 0.47%
Asian Language** 2 0.01% 61 0.19%
Other 23 0.08% 37 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,735 100.00% 32,280 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 264 45.28%
Other Indo-European* 38 25.00%
Asian Language** 17 27.87%
Other Language 11 29.73%
Total 330 1.02%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 90 37.97%
Other Indo-European* 55 25.58%
Asian Language** 2 100.00%
Other Language 16 69.57%
Total 163 0.55%

* "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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