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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 26,767 92.76% 27,936 91.97%
Spanish 1,048 3.63% 1,311 4.32%
Other Indo-European* 656 2.27% 696 2.29%
Asian Language** 293 1.02% 309 1.02%
Other 92 0.32% 122 0.40%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,856 100.00% 30,374 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 346 26.39%
Other Indo-European* 117 16.81%
Asian Language** 163 52.75%
Other Language 25 20.49%
Total 651 2.14%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 362 34.54%
Other Indo-European* 128 19.51%
Asian Language** 197 67.24%
Other Language 27 29.35%
Total 714 2.47%

* "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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