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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 19,755 97.07% 20,001 96.54%
Spanish 205 1.01% 368 1.78%
Other Indo-European* 361 1.77% 266 1.28%
Asian Language** 25 0.12% 71 0.34%
Other 6 0.03% 12 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,352 100.00% 20,718 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 120 32.61%
Other Indo-European* 48 18.05%
Asian Language** 63 88.73%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 231 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 56 27.32%
Other Indo-European* 103 28.53%
Asian Language** 8 32.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 167 0.82%

* "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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