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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 32,600 97.74% 32,675 96.24%
Spanish 324 0.97% 870 2.56%
Other Indo-European* 317 0.95% 206 0.61%
Asian Language** 92 0.28% 169 0.50%
Other 21 0.06% 33 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,354 100.00% 33,953 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 419 48.16%
Other Indo-European* 37 17.96%
Asian Language** 87 51.48%
Other Language 5 15.15%
Total 548 1.61%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 48 14.81%
Other Indo-European* 30 9.46%
Asian Language** 68 73.91%
Other Language 6 28.57%
Total 152 0.46%

* "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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