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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 24,586 95.19% 26,886 95.62%
Spanish 165 0.64% 350 1.24%
Other Indo-European* 582 2.25% 371 1.32%
Asian Language** 51 0.20% 83 0.30%
Other 443 1.72% 428 1.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,827 100.00% 28,118 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 31.14%
Other Indo-European* 74 19.95%
Asian Language** 59 71.08%
Other Language 123 28.74%
Total 365 1.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 50 30.30%
Other Indo-European* 147 25.26%
Asian Language** 36 70.59%
Other Language 103 23.25%
Total 336 1.30%

* "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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