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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 38,355 96.79% 38,490 95.38%
Spanish 798 2.01% 1,564 3.88%
Other Indo-European* 214 0.54% 228 0.56%
Asian Language** 184 0.46% 16 0.04%
Other 77 0.19% 57 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,628 100.00% 40,355 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 651 41.62%
Other Indo-European* 42 18.42%
Asian Language** 4 25.00%
Other Language 8 14.04%
Total 705 1.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 289 36.22%
Other Indo-European* 38 17.76%
Asian Language** 140 76.09%
Other Language 19 24.68%
Total 486 1.23%

* "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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