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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 23,680 97.48% 27,651 96.90%
Spanish 194 0.80% 308 1.08%
Other Indo-European* 282 1.16% 436 1.53%
Asian Language** 81 0.33% 81 0.28%
Other 56 0.23% 60 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,293 100.00% 28,536 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 24.68%
Other Indo-European* 160 36.70%
Asian Language** 17 20.99%
Other Language 28 46.67%
Total 281 0.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 31.96%
Other Indo-European* 132 46.81%
Asian Language** 39 48.15%
Other Language 5 8.93%
Total 238 0.98%

* "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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