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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 36,424 97.24% 38,613 96.96%
Spanish 160 0.43% 300 0.75%
Other Indo-European* 829 2.21% 827 2.08%
Asian Language** 32 0.09% 67 0.17%
Other 13 0.03% 15 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 37,458 100.00% 39,822 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95 31.67%
Other Indo-European* 177 21.40%
Asian Language** 23 34.33%
Other Language 2 13.33%
Total 297 0.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 28.13%
Other Indo-European* 247 29.79%
Asian Language** 15 46.88%
Other Language 4 30.77%
Total 311 0.83%

* "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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