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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 32,176 98.27% 31,942 98.03%
Spanish 149 0.46% 382 1.17%
Other Indo-European* 380 1.16% 184 0.56%
Asian Language** 18 0.05% 28 0.09%
Other 19 0.06% 48 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,742 100.00% 32,584 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 25.13%
Other Indo-European* 56 30.43%
Asian Language** 5 17.86%
Other Language 4 8.33%
Total 161 0.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 52 34.90%
Other Indo-European* 150 39.47%
Asian Language** 10 55.56%
Other Language 0 -
Total 212 0.65%

* "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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