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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 29,397 94.70% 33,690 94.23%
Spanish 324 1.04% 512 1.43%
Other Indo-European* 448 1.44% 617 1.73%
Asian Language** 77 0.25% 164 0.46%
Other 795 2.56% 771 2.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 31,041 100.00% 35,754 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 230 44.92%
Other Indo-European* 97 15.72%
Asian Language** 66 40.24%
Other Language 212 27.50%
Total 605 1.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 20.99%
Other Indo-European* 135 30.13%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 228 28.68%
Total 431 1.39%

* "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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