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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 23,020 98.42% 24,516 94.14%
Spanish 179 0.77% 1,218 4.68%
Other Indo-European* 170 0.73% 209 0.80%
Asian Language** 15 0.06% 73 0.28%
Other 6 0.03% 25 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,390 100.00% 26,041 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 659 54.11%
Other Indo-European* 43 20.57%
Asian Language** 23 31.51%
Other Language 6 24.00%
Total 731 2.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 79 44.13%
Other Indo-European* 66 38.82%
Asian Language** 8 53.33%
Other Language 0 -
Total 153 0.65%

* "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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