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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 20,779 97.44% 19,870 96.18%
Spanish 101 0.47% 420 2.03%
Other Indo-European* 417 1.96% 280 1.36%
Asian Language** 28 0.13% 73 0.35%
Other 0 0.00% 16 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,325 100.00% 20,659 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 208 49.52%
Other Indo-European* 43 15.36%
Asian Language** 50 68.49%
Other Language 7 43.75%
Total 308 1.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 27 26.73%
Other Indo-European* 80 19.18%
Asian Language** 8 28.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 115 0.54%

* "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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