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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 23,140 98.33% 26,271 96.45%
Spanish 237 1.01% 669 2.46%
Other Indo-European* 102 0.43% 207 0.76%
Asian Language** 50 0.21% 34 0.12%
Other 3 0.01% 57 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,532 100.00% 27,238 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 358 53.51%
Other Indo-European* 71 34.30%
Asian Language** 5 14.71%
Other Language 31 54.39%
Total 465 1.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 39.24%
Other Indo-European* 56 54.90%
Asian Language** 15 30.00%
Other Language 3 100.00%
Total 167 0.71%

* "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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