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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 26,194 96.16% 27,099 92.15%
Spanish 299 1.10% 1,833 6.23%
Other Indo-European* 672 2.47% 392 1.33%
Asian Language** 71 0.26% 62 0.21%
Other 5 0.02% 21 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,241 100.00% 29,407 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,020 55.65%
Other Indo-European* 86 21.94%
Asian Language** 33 53.23%
Other Language 13 61.90%
Total 1,152 3.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 118 39.46%
Other Indo-European* 200 29.76%
Asian Language** 38 53.52%
Other Language 0 -
Total 356 1.31%

* "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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