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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 27,363 95.67% 28,391 95.92%
Spanish 137 0.48% 177 0.60%
Other Indo-European* 1,060 3.71% 862 2.91%
Asian Language** 30 0.10% 29 0.10%
Other 10 0.03% 141 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,600 100.00% 29,600 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 40 22.60%
Other Indo-European* 275 31.90%
Asian Language** 14 48.28%
Other Language 42 29.79%
Total 371 1.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 21.17%
Other Indo-European* 294 27.74%
Asian Language** 9 30.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 332 1.16%

* "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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