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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 27,208 97.47% 31,580 97.12%
Spanish 324 1.16% 565 1.74%
Other Indo-European* 309 1.11% 224 0.69%
Asian Language** 42 0.15% 28 0.09%
Other 32 0.11% 121 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,915 100.00% 32,518 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 170 30.09%
Other Indo-European* 35 15.63%
Asian Language** 21 75.00%
Other Language 33 27.27%
Total 259 0.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 125 38.58%
Other Indo-European* 98 31.72%
Asian Language** 37 88.10%
Other Language 20 62.50%
Total 280 1.00%

* "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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