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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 30,870 93.18% 31,457 94.73%
Spanish 208 0.63% 378 1.14%
Other Indo-European* 1,811 5.47% 1,136 3.42%
Asian Language** 65 0.20% 74 0.22%
Other 176 0.53% 163 0.49%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,130 100.00% 33,208 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 150 39.68%
Other Indo-European* 388 34.15%
Asian Language** 30 40.54%
Other Language 27 16.56%
Total 595 1.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 27 12.98%
Other Indo-European* 623 34.40%
Asian Language** 13 20.00%
Other Language 31 17.61%
Total 694 2.09%

* "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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