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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 21,192 97.21% 25,799 97.57%
Spanish 327 1.50% 400 1.51%
Other Indo-European* 200 0.92% 187 0.71%
Asian Language** 66 0.30% 56 0.21%
Other 16 0.07% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,801 100.00% 26,442 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116 29.00%
Other Indo-European* 75 40.11%
Asian Language** 23 41.07%
Other Language 0 -
Total 214 0.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 75 22.94%
Other Indo-European* 60 30.00%
Asian Language** 14 21.21%
Other Language 3 18.75%
Total 152 0.70%

* "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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