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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 34,164 93.75% 34,363 93.40%
Spanish 1,695 4.65% 1,772 4.82%
Other Indo-European* 482 1.32% 540 1.47%
Asian Language** 34 0.09% 61 0.17%
Other 67 0.18% 55 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,442 100.00% 36,791 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 401 22.63%
Other Indo-European* 165 30.56%
Asian Language** 31 50.82%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 597 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 625 36.87%
Other Indo-European* 109 22.61%
Asian Language** 23 67.65%
Other Language 25 37.31%
Total 782 2.15%

* "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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