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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 28,455 95.07% 36,417 93.78%
Spanish 811 2.71% 1,568 4.04%
Other Indo-European* 541 1.81% 702 1.81%
Asian Language** 50 0.17% 63 0.16%
Other 75 0.25% 81 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,932 100.00% 38,831 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 430 27.42%
Other Indo-European* 134 19.09%
Asian Language** 30 47.62%
Other Language 22 27.16%
Total 616 1.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 208 25.65%
Other Indo-European* 143 26.43%
Asian Language** 5 10.00%
Other Language 31 41.33%
Total 387 1.29%

* "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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