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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 27,522 93.51% 30,411 93.65%
Spanish 351 1.19% 1,131 3.48%
Other Indo-European* 1,444 4.91% 795 2.45%
Asian Language** 67 0.23% 128 0.39%
Other 48 0.16% 7 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,432 100.00% 32,472 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 536 47.39%
Other Indo-European* 199 25.03%
Asian Language** 72 56.25%
Other Language 2 28.57%
Total 809 2.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 188 53.56%
Other Indo-European* 415 28.74%
Asian Language** 38 56.72%
Other Language 12 25.00%
Total 653 2.22%

* "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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