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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 28,607 96.38% 33,911 96.67%
Spanish 159 0.54% 417 1.19%
Other Indo-European* 847 2.85% 651 1.86%
Asian Language** 17 0.06% 33 0.09%
Other 51 0.17% 67 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,681 100.00% 35,079 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 152 36.45%
Other Indo-European* 172 26.42%
Asian Language** 15 45.45%
Other Language 25 37.31%
Total 364 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 58.49%
Other Indo-European* 318 37.54%
Asian Language** 11 64.71%
Other Language 17 33.33%
Total 439 1.48%

* "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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