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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 29,027 95.21% 32,177 94.89%
Spanish 220 0.72% 409 1.21%
Other Indo-European* 1,118 3.67% 1,174 3.46%
Asian Language** 101 0.33% 103 0.30%
Other 20 0.07% 46 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 30,486 100.00% 33,909 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 70 17.11%
Other Indo-European* 320 27.26%
Asian Language** 14 13.59%
Other Language 5 10.87%
Total 409 1.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 15.45%
Other Indo-European* 198 17.71%
Asian Language** 16 15.84%
Other Language 2 10.00%
Total 250 0.82%

* "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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