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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 28,362 95.09% 28,415 95.27%
Spanish 443 1.49% 516 1.73%
Other Indo-European* 952 3.19% 821 2.75%
Asian Language** 21 0.07% 55 0.18%
Other 47 0.16% 19 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,825 100.00% 29,826 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 138 26.74%
Other Indo-European* 248 30.21%
Asian Language** 1 1.82%
Other Language 2 10.53%
Total 389 1.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 36.57%
Other Indo-European* 241 25.32%
Asian Language** 2 9.52%
Other Language 18 38.30%
Total 423 1.42%

* "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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