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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 20,130 97.59% 23,417 94.38%
Spanish 330 1.60% 896 3.61%
Other Indo-European* 134 0.65% 369 1.49%
Asian Language** 16 0.08% 103 0.42%
Other 18 0.09% 26 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,628 100.00% 24,811 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 255 28.46%
Other Indo-European* 68 18.43%
Asian Language** 79 76.70%
Other Language 21 80.77%
Total 423 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95 28.79%
Other Indo-European* 43 32.09%
Asian Language** 6 37.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 144 0.70%

* "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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