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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 34,633 96.56% 35,357 97.91%
Spanish 357 1.00% 429 1.19%
Other Indo-European* 718 2.00% 270 0.75%
Asian Language** 107 0.30% 43 0.12%
Other 51 0.14% 14 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,866 100.00% 36,113 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 173 40.33%
Other Indo-European* 76 28.15%
Asian Language** 25 58.14%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 274 0.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 132 36.97%
Other Indo-European* 151 21.03%
Asian Language** 42 39.25%
Other Language 10 19.61%
Total 335 0.93%

* "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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