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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 30,830 96.27% 32,800 96.18%
Spanish 590 1.84% 587 1.72%
Other Indo-European* 436 1.36% 500 1.47%
Asian Language** 118 0.37% 174 0.51%
Other 50 0.16% 40 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,024 100.00% 34,101 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 190 32.37%
Other Indo-European* 65 13.00%
Asian Language** 88 50.57%
Other Language 10 25.00%
Total 353 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 148 25.08%
Other Indo-European* 112 25.69%
Asian Language** 44 37.29%
Other Language 9 18.00%
Total 313 0.98%

* "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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