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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 31,835 97.81% 35,670 96.61%
Spanish 228 0.70% 602 1.63%
Other Indo-European* 408 1.25% 455 1.23%
Asian Language** 74 0.23% 181 0.49%
Other 2 0.01% 15 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,547 100.00% 36,923 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 301 50.00%
Other Indo-European* 117 25.71%
Asian Language** 96 53.04%
Other Language 2 13.33%
Total 516 1.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 33 14.47%
Other Indo-European* 102 25.00%
Asian Language** 29 39.19%
Other Language 0 -
Total 164 0.50%

* "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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