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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 39,170 98.09% 47,151 97.75%
Spanish 291 0.73% 494 1.02%
Other Indo-European* 329 0.82% 414 0.86%
Asian Language** 105 0.26% 128 0.27%
Other 38 0.10% 47 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,933 100.00% 48,234 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 87 17.61%
Other Indo-European* 57 13.77%
Asian Language** 55 42.97%
Other Language 9 19.15%
Total 208 0.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 113 38.83%
Other Indo-European* 110 33.43%
Asian Language** 34 32.38%
Other Language 0 -
Total 257 0.64%

* "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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