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LANGUAGE

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 28,684 96.49% 35,553 96.88%
Spanish 222 0.75% 431 1.17%
Other Indo-European* 751 2.53% 628 1.71%
Asian Language** 31 0.10% 70 0.19%
Other 39 0.13% 17 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,727 100.00% 36,699 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 119 27.61%
Other Indo-European* 176 28.03%
Asian Language** 42 60.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 337 0.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 49 22.07%
Other Indo-European* 268 35.69%
Asian Language** 11 35.48%
Other Language 20 51.28%
Total 348 1.17%

* "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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