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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 22,528 97.31% 28,420 96.37%
Spanish 157 0.68% 330 1.12%
Other Indo-European* 400 1.73% 528 1.79%
Asian Language** 8 0.03% 66 0.22%
Other 58 0.25% 146 0.50%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,151 100.00% 29,490 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 36.67%
Other Indo-European* 140 26.52%
Asian Language** 28 42.42%
Other Language 33 22.60%
Total 322 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 54 34.39%
Other Indo-European* 47 11.75%
Asian Language** 2 25.00%
Other Language 7 12.07%
Total 110 0.48%

* "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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