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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 23,838 93.91% 26,754 96.11%
Spanish 337 1.33% 261 0.94%
Other Indo-European* 1,099 4.33% 771 2.77%
Asian Language** 106 0.42% 25 0.09%
Other 3 0.01% 27 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,383 100.00% 27,838 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 97 37.16%
Other Indo-European* 138 17.90%
Asian Language** 10 40.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 245 0.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 127 37.69%
Other Indo-European* 485 44.13%
Asian Language** 41 38.68%
Other Language 0 -
Total 653 2.57%

* "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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