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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 34,301 97.60% 36,735 95.71%
Spanish 289 0.82% 1,033 2.69%
Other Indo-European* 401 1.14% 318 0.83%
Asian Language** 134 0.38% 249 0.65%
Other 18 0.05% 46 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,143 100.00% 38,381 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 632 61.18%
Other Indo-European* 50 15.72%
Asian Language** 185 74.30%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 867 2.26%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 84 29.07%
Other Indo-European* 82 20.45%
Asian Language** 88 65.67%
Other Language 8 44.44%
Total 262 0.75%

* "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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