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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 33,883 94.77% 36,505 95.56%
Spanish 99 0.28% 256 0.67%
Other Indo-European* 1,560 4.36% 1,208 3.16%
Asian Language** 139 0.39% 146 0.38%
Other 72 0.20% 87 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,753 100.00% 38,202 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 87 33.98%
Other Indo-European* 272 22.52%
Asian Language** 79 54.11%
Other Language 31 35.63%
Total 469 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 54 54.55%
Other Indo-European* 510 32.69%
Asian Language** 75 53.96%
Other Language 12 16.67%
Total 651 1.82%

* "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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