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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 19,248 96.20% 19,009 94.16%
Spanish 214 1.07% 385 1.91%
Other Indo-European* 519 2.59% 771 3.82%
Asian Language** 16 0.08% 23 0.11%
Other 11 0.05% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,008 100.00% 20,188 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 203 52.73%
Other Indo-European* 223 28.92%
Asian Language** 23 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 449 2.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 79 36.92%
Other Indo-European* 184 35.45%
Asian Language** 14 87.50%
Other Language 9 81.82%
Total 286 1.43%

* "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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