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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 33,301 93.26% 32,298 92.45%
Spanish 1,408 3.94% 1,770 5.07%
Other Indo-European* 751 2.10% 510 1.46%
Asian Language** 117 0.33% 255 0.73%
Other 132 0.37% 101 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,709 100.00% 34,934 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 635 35.88%
Other Indo-European* 99 19.41%
Asian Language** 134 52.55%
Other Language 27 26.73%
Total 895 2.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 487 34.59%
Other Indo-European* 223 29.69%
Asian Language** 66 56.41%
Other Language 54 40.91%
Total 830 2.32%

* "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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