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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 31,603 95.81% 39,887 95.93%
Spanish 158 0.48% 276 0.66%
Other Indo-European* 1,165 3.53% 1,262 3.04%
Asian Language** 43 0.13% 96 0.23%
Other 15 0.05% 60 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,984 100.00% 41,581 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 49 17.75%
Other Indo-European* 288 22.82%
Asian Language** 30 31.25%
Other Language 13 21.67%
Total 380 0.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 43.04%
Other Indo-European* 236 20.26%
Asian Language** 18 41.86%
Other Language 0 -
Total 322 0.98%

* "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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