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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 28,884 95.88% 30,956 95.73%
Spanish 716 2.38% 1,022 3.16%
Other Indo-European* 465 1.54% 235 0.73%
Asian Language** 43 0.14% 63 0.19%
Other 17 0.06% 60 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,125 100.00% 32,336 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 304 29.75%
Other Indo-European* 57 24.26%
Asian Language** 15 23.81%
Other Language 40 66.67%
Total 416 1.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 179 25.00%
Other Indo-European* 204 43.87%
Asian Language** 6 13.95%
Other Language 0 -
Total 389 1.29%

* "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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