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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 19,914 95.86% 25,011 96.92%
Spanish 106 0.51% 292 1.13%
Other Indo-European* 741 3.57% 482 1.87%
Asian Language** 13 0.06% 11 0.04%
Other 0 0.00% 10 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,774 100.00% 25,806 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 41.44%
Other Indo-European* 121 25.10%
Asian Language** 11 100.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 253 0.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23 21.70%
Other Indo-European* 235 31.71%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 258 1.24%

* "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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