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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 26,618 96.23% 25,200 96.77%
Spanish 270 0.98% 269 1.03%
Other Indo-European* 590 2.13% 500 1.92%
Asian Language** 128 0.46% 33 0.13%
Other 54 0.20% 38 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,660 100.00% 26,040 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 106 39.41%
Other Indo-European* 114 22.80%
Asian Language** 12 36.36%
Other Language 6 15.79%
Total 238 0.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 66 24.44%
Other Indo-European* 66 11.19%
Asian Language** 29 22.66%
Other Language 17 31.48%
Total 178 0.64%

* "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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