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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 20,924 95.30% 27,094 94.37%
Spanish 183 0.83% 295 1.03%
Other Indo-European* 830 3.78% 1,243 4.33%
Asian Language** 7 0.03% 66 0.23%
Other 11 0.05% 12 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,955 100.00% 28,710 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 66 22.37%
Other Indo-European* 611 49.16%
Asian Language** 41 62.12%
Other Language 4 33.33%
Total 722 2.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 75 40.98%
Other Indo-European* 333 40.12%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 408 1.86%

* "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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