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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 25,057 95.68% 27,017 96.38%
Spanish 72 0.27% 197 0.70%
Other Indo-European* 1,037 3.96% 789 2.81%
Asian Language** 14 0.05% 30 0.11%
Other 7 0.03% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,187 100.00% 28,033 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 47 23.86%
Other Indo-European* 215 27.25%
Asian Language** 14 46.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 276 0.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15 20.83%
Other Indo-European* 302 29.12%
Asian Language** 11 78.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 328 1.25%

* "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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