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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 28,819 98.31% 35,636 96.77%
Spanish 206 0.70% 896 2.43%
Other Indo-European* 250 0.85% 246 0.67%
Asian Language** 32 0.11% 46 0.12%
Other 7 0.02% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,314 100.00% 36,824 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 462 51.56%
Other Indo-European* 25 10.16%
Asian Language** 34 73.91%
Other Language 0 -
Total 521 1.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 47 22.82%
Other Indo-European* 83 33.20%
Asian Language** 19 59.38%
Other Language 0 -
Total 149 0.51%

* "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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