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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 20,606 96.13% 21,199 96.23%
Spanish 148 0.69% 469 2.13%
Other Indo-European* 624 2.91% 308 1.40%
Asian Language** 45 0.21% 48 0.22%
Other 12 0.06% 5 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,435 100.00% 22,029 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 153 32.62%
Other Indo-European* 66 21.43%
Asian Language** 25 52.08%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 244 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 48 32.43%
Other Indo-European* 156 25.00%
Asian Language** 32 71.11%
Other Language 6 50.00%
Total 242 1.13%

* "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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