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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 23,383 92.26% 28,013 90.15%
Spanish 789 3.11% 1,582 5.09%
Other Indo-European* 831 3.28% 899 2.89%
Asian Language** 268 1.06% 533 1.72%
Other 74 0.29% 47 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,345 100.00% 31,074 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 449 28.38%
Other Indo-European* 180 20.02%
Asian Language** 252 47.28%
Other Language 13 27.66%
Total 894 2.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 218 27.63%
Other Indo-European* 235 28.28%
Asian Language** 144 53.73%
Other Language 46 62.16%
Total 643 2.54%

* "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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