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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 18,510 95.24% 19,194 94.79%
Spanish 48 0.25% 388 1.92%
Other Indo-European* 770 3.96% 516 2.55%
Asian Language** 86 0.44% 96 0.47%
Other 21 0.11% 55 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,435 100.00% 20,249 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 111 28.61%
Other Indo-European* 98 18.99%
Asian Language** 58 60.42%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 267 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2 4.17%
Other Indo-European* 242 31.43%
Asian Language** 61 70.93%
Other Language 12 57.14%
Total 317 1.63%

* "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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