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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 21,508 88.77% 23,987 92.50%
Spanish 174 0.72% 585 2.26%
Other Indo-European* 2,429 10.02% 1,159 4.47%
Asian Language** 109 0.45% 132 0.51%
Other 10 0.04% 69 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,230 100.00% 25,932 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 228 38.97%
Other Indo-European* 307 26.49%
Asian Language** 79 59.85%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 614 2.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 33.91%
Other Indo-European* 843 34.71%
Asian Language** 43 39.45%
Other Language 0 -
Total 945 3.90%

* "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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