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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 28,670 96.72% 36,651 96.91%
Spanish 306 1.03% 588 1.55%
Other Indo-European* 483 1.63% 366 0.97%
Asian Language** 164 0.55% 182 0.48%
Other 20 0.07% 34 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,643 100.00% 37,821 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 128 21.77%
Other Indo-European* 50 13.66%
Asian Language** 38 20.88%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 216 0.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 18.95%
Other Indo-European* 112 23.19%
Asian Language** 94 57.32%
Other Language 0 -
Total 264 0.89%

* "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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