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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 37,360 95.98% 39,088 95.99%
Spanish 186 0.48% 484 1.19%
Other Indo-European* 729 1.87% 581 1.43%
Asian Language** 124 0.32% 196 0.48%
Other 524 1.35% 372 0.91%
Total Population Age 5+ 38,923 100.00% 40,721 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 139 28.72%
Other Indo-European* 140 24.10%
Asian Language** 119 60.71%
Other Language 158 42.47%
Total 556 1.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 50.00%
Other Indo-European* 392 53.77%
Asian Language** 75 60.48%
Other Language 91 17.37%
Total 651 1.67%

* "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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