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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 28,457 97.61% 31,050 96.98%
Spanish 246 0.84% 434 1.36%
Other Indo-European* 221 0.76% 300 0.94%
Asian Language** 196 0.67% 229 0.72%
Other 33 0.11% 3 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,153 100.00% 32,016 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116 26.73%
Other Indo-European* 45 15.00%
Asian Language** 159 69.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 320 1.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67 27.24%
Other Indo-European* 84 38.01%
Asian Language** 74 37.76%
Other Language 9 27.27%
Total 234 0.80%

* "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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