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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 32,780 94.86% 35,803 95.03%
Spanish 563 1.63% 688 1.83%
Other Indo-European* 1,085 3.14% 1,009 2.68%
Asian Language** 89 0.26% 132 0.35%
Other 38 0.11% 42 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 34,555 100.00% 37,674 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 230 33.43%
Other Indo-European* 254 25.17%
Asian Language** 73 55.30%
Other Language 12 28.57%
Total 569 1.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 195 34.64%
Other Indo-European* 270 24.88%
Asian Language** 66 74.16%
Other Language 7 18.42%
Total 538 1.56%

* "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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