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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 27,167 97.46% 28,755 96.62%
Spanish 183 0.66% 636 2.14%
Other Indo-European* 456 1.64% 291 0.98%
Asian Language** 58 0.21% 74 0.25%
Other 10 0.04% 5 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,874 100.00% 29,761 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 176 27.67%
Other Indo-European* 39 13.40%
Asian Language** 23 31.08%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 243 0.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 37.70%
Other Indo-European* 152 33.33%
Asian Language** 37 63.79%
Other Language 0 -
Total 258 0.93%

* "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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