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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 29,287 98.39% 30,956 97.31%
Spanish 159 0.53% 577 1.81%
Other Indo-European* 278 0.93% 201 0.63%
Asian Language** 31 0.10% 67 0.21%
Other 10 0.03% 12 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,765 100.00% 31,813 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 165 28.60%
Other Indo-European* 75 37.31%
Asian Language** 37 55.22%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 277 0.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 65 40.88%
Other Indo-European* 55 19.78%
Asian Language** 5 16.13%
Other Language 0 -
Total 125 0.42%

* "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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