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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 30,297 95.96% 33,788 96.06%
Spanish 341 1.08% 495 1.41%
Other Indo-European* 324 1.03% 312 0.89%
Asian Language** 132 0.42% 316 0.90%
Other 478 1.51% 262 0.74%
Total Population Age 5+ 31,572 100.00% 35,173 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 32.73%
Other Indo-European* 77 24.68%
Asian Language** 133 42.09%
Other Language 33 12.60%
Total 405 1.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 92 26.98%
Other Indo-European* 80 24.69%
Asian Language** 89 67.42%
Other Language 160 33.47%
Total 421 1.33%

* "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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