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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 31,101 95.03% 35,560 91.66%
Spanish 1,092 3.34% 2,176 5.61%
Other Indo-European* 272 0.83% 699 1.80%
Asian Language** 184 0.56% 271 0.70%
Other 77 0.24% 88 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,726 100.00% 38,794 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 670 30.79%
Other Indo-European* 169 24.18%
Asian Language** 95 35.06%
Other Language 9 10.23%
Total 943 2.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 450 41.21%
Other Indo-European* 77 28.31%
Asian Language** 92 50.00%
Other Language 9 11.69%
Total 628 1.92%

* "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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