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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 34,021 95.73% 30,123 95.58%
Spanish 604 1.70% 770 2.44%
Other Indo-European* 657 1.85% 388 1.23%
Asian Language** 208 0.59% 199 0.63%
Other 50 0.14% 37 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,540 100.00% 31,517 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 272 35.32%
Other Indo-European* 158 40.72%
Asian Language** 112 56.28%
Other Language 17 45.95%
Total 559 1.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 193 31.95%
Other Indo-European* 182 27.70%
Asian Language** 101 48.56%
Other Language 0 -
Total 476 1.34%

* "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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