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LANGUAGE

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 19,257 97.62% 21,965 97.51%
Spanish 140 0.71% 248 1.10%
Other Indo-European* 261 1.32% 269 1.19%
Asian Language** 51 0.26% 43 0.19%
Other 18 0.09% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,727 100.00% 22,525 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 60 24.19%
Other Indo-European* 43 15.99%
Asian Language** 4 9.30%
Other Language 0 -
Total 107 0.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 42.14%
Other Indo-European* 21 8.05%
Asian Language** 6 11.76%
Other Language 0 -
Total 86 0.44%

* "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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