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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 32,391 98.54% 36,653 97.71%
Spanish 197 0.60% 572 1.52%
Other Indo-European* 227 0.69% 201 0.54%
Asian Language** 30 0.09% 39 0.10%
Other 25 0.08% 48 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,870 100.00% 37,513 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 239 41.78%
Other Indo-European* 52 25.87%
Asian Language** 29 74.36%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 320 0.85%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 29.44%
Other Indo-European* 67 29.52%
Asian Language** 3 10.00%
Other Language 18 72.00%
Total 146 0.44%

* "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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