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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 38,690 98.61% 39,805 98.50%
Spanish 286 0.73% 309 0.76%
Other Indo-European* 210 0.54% 202 0.50%
Asian Language** 51 0.13% 77 0.19%
Other 0 0.00% 20 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,237 100.00% 40,413 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 103 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 92 45.54%
Asian Language** 26 33.77%
Other Language 3 15.00%
Total 224 0.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 101 35.31%
Other Indo-European* 83 39.52%
Asian Language** 12 23.53%
Other Language 0 -
Total 196 0.50%

* "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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