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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 22,552 92.63% 25,983 90.50%
Spanish 384 1.58% 675 2.35%
Other Indo-European* 432 1.77% 484 1.69%
Asian Language** 629 2.58% 1,126 3.92%
Other 350 1.44% 443 1.54%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,347 100.00% 28,711 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 151 22.37%
Other Indo-European* 140 28.93%
Asian Language** 494 43.87%
Other Language 100 22.57%
Total 885 3.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 159 41.41%
Other Indo-European* 51 11.81%
Asian Language** 257 40.86%
Other Language 89 25.43%
Total 556 2.28%

* "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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