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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 31,350 96.49% 31,885 96.37%
Spanish 156 0.48% 362 1.09%
Other Indo-European* 938 2.89% 644 1.95%
Asian Language** 36 0.11% 181 0.55%
Other 12 0.04% 14 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,492 100.00% 33,086 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 132 36.46%
Other Indo-European* 133 20.65%
Asian Language** 78 43.09%
Other Language 1 7.14%
Total 344 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 37.82%
Other Indo-European* 261 27.83%
Asian Language** 25 69.44%
Other Language 0 -
Total 345 1.06%

* "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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