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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 29,605 97.98% 48,954 97.63%
Spanish 243 0.80% 566 1.13%
Other Indo-European* 299 0.99% 580 1.16%
Asian Language** 61 0.20% 36 0.07%
Other 6 0.02% 8 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,214 100.00% 50,144 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 221 39.05%
Other Indo-European* 91 15.69%
Asian Language** 24 66.67%
Other Language 8 100.00%
Total 344 0.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 134 55.14%
Other Indo-European* 118 39.46%
Asian Language** 20 32.79%
Other Language 0 -
Total 272 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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