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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 33,529 94.48% 36,848 94.37%
Spanish 1,379 3.89% 1,617 4.14%
Other Indo-European* 464 1.31% 386 0.99%
Asian Language** 79 0.22% 175 0.45%
Other 37 0.10% 22 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,488 100.00% 39,048 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 506 31.29%
Other Indo-European* 116 30.05%
Asian Language** 96 54.86%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 718 1.84%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 418 30.31%
Other Indo-European* 99 21.34%
Asian Language** 51 64.56%
Other Language 8 21.62%
Total 576 1.62%

* "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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