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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 30,990 96.47% 31,957 94.38%
Spanish 249 0.78% 1,315 3.88%
Other Indo-European* 740 2.30% 522 1.54%
Asian Language** 110 0.34% 35 0.10%
Other 35 0.11% 32 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,124 100.00% 33,861 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 728 55.36%
Other Indo-European* 99 18.97%
Asian Language** 4 11.43%
Other Language 18 56.25%
Total 849 2.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 118 47.39%
Other Indo-European* 174 23.51%
Asian Language** 50 45.45%
Other Language 7 20.00%
Total 349 1.09%

* "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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