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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 27,605 98.17% 29,753 97.41%
Spanish 316 1.12% 414 1.36%
Other Indo-European* 147 0.52% 342 1.12%
Asian Language** 41 0.15% 27 0.09%
Other 10 0.04% 9 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,119 100.00% 30,545 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 160 38.65%
Other Indo-European* 69 20.18%
Asian Language** 11 40.74%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 240 0.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 34.49%
Other Indo-European* 29 19.73%
Asian Language** 18 43.90%
Other Language 0 -
Total 156 0.55%

* "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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