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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 31,513 94.87% 33,464 95.60%
Spanish 254 0.76% 433 1.24%
Other Indo-European* 1,291 3.89% 965 2.76%
Asian Language** 122 0.37% 85 0.24%
Other 37 0.11% 58 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,217 100.00% 35,005 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 117 27.02%
Other Indo-European* 199 20.62%
Asian Language** 38 44.71%
Other Language 7 12.07%
Total 361 1.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 36 14.17%
Other Indo-European* 290 22.46%
Asian Language** 79 64.75%
Other Language 11 29.73%
Total 416 1.25%

* "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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