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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 32,156 97.92% 36,546 97.12%
Spanish 203 0.62% 533 1.42%
Other Indo-European* 379 1.15% 462 1.23%
Asian Language** 72 0.22% 74 0.20%
Other 28 0.09% 16 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,838 100.00% 37,631 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 261 48.97%
Other Indo-European* 162 35.06%
Asian Language** 34 45.95%
Other Language 3 18.75%
Total 460 1.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23 11.33%
Other Indo-European* 84 22.16%
Asian Language** 21 29.17%
Other Language 10 35.71%
Total 138 0.42%

* "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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