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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 35,294 97.18% 36,510 96.02%
Spanish 231 0.64% 474 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 761 2.10% 953 2.51%
Asian Language** 17 0.05% 70 0.18%
Other 17 0.05% 17 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 36,320 100.00% 38,024 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 144 30.38%
Other Indo-European* 251 26.34%
Asian Language** 13 18.57%
Other Language 11 64.71%
Total 419 1.10%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67 29.00%
Other Indo-European* 234 30.75%
Asian Language** 15 88.24%
Other Language 7 41.18%
Total 323 0.89%

* "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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