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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 18,814 98.15% 20,645 97.46%
Spanish 232 1.21% 387 1.83%
Other Indo-European* 115 0.60% 124 0.59%
Asian Language** 7 0.04% 17 0.08%
Other 0 0.00% 10 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,168 100.00% 21,183 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 229 59.17%
Other Indo-European* 7 5.65%
Asian Language** 12 70.59%
Other Language 2 20.00%
Total 250 1.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 41.38%
Other Indo-European* 29 25.22%
Asian Language** 2 28.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 127 0.66%

* "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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