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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 28,117 95.38% 38,459 95.59%
Spanish 507 1.72% 853 2.12%
Other Indo-European* 719 2.44% 735 1.83%
Asian Language** 116 0.39% 153 0.38%
Other 20 0.07% 35 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,479 100.00% 40,235 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 30.48%
Other Indo-European* 151 20.54%
Asian Language** 87 56.86%
Other Language 12 34.29%
Total 510 1.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 139 27.42%
Other Indo-European* 298 41.45%
Asian Language** 79 68.10%
Other Language 0 -
Total 516 1.75%

* "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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