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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 27,887 98.27% 30,141 97.61%
Spanish 203 0.72% 463 1.50%
Other Indo-European* 202 0.71% 130 0.42%
Asian Language** 27 0.10% 86 0.28%
Other 58 0.20% 60 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,377 100.00% 30,880 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 170 36.72%
Other Indo-European* 24 18.46%
Asian Language** 17 19.77%
Other Language 15 25.00%
Total 226 0.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 47.29%
Other Indo-European* 102 50.50%
Asian Language** 3 11.11%
Other Language 0 -
Total 201 0.71%

* "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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