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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 30,493 97.18% 31,758 96.14%
Spanish 484 1.54% 945 2.86%
Other Indo-European* 349 1.11% 274 0.83%
Asian Language** 39 0.12% 25 0.08%
Other 14 0.04% 31 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 31,379 100.00% 33,033 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 491 51.96%
Other Indo-European* 89 32.48%
Asian Language** 10 40.00%
Other Language 4 12.90%
Total 594 1.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 212 43.80%
Other Indo-European* 103 29.51%
Asian Language** 24 61.54%
Other Language 4 28.57%
Total 343 1.09%

* "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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