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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 31,546 95.43% 30,501 94.63%
Spanish 125 0.38% 336 1.04%
Other Indo-European* 627 1.90% 575 1.78%
Asian Language** 69 0.21% 129 0.40%
Other 691 2.09% 691 2.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,058 100.00% 32,232 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 28.57%
Other Indo-European* 93 16.17%
Asian Language** 59 45.74%
Other Language 117 16.93%
Total 365 1.13%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 40 32.00%
Other Indo-European* 140 22.33%
Asian Language** 28 40.58%
Other Language 47 6.80%
Total 255 0.77%

* "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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