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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 21,983 94.07% 32,819 96.53%
Spanish 504 2.16% 519 1.53%
Other Indo-European* 685 2.93% 555 1.63%
Asian Language** 36 0.15% 49 0.14%
Other 160 0.68% 58 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,368 100.00% 34,000 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 85 16.38%
Other Indo-European* 131 23.60%
Asian Language** 18 36.73%
Other Language 19 32.76%
Total 253 0.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 28 5.56%
Other Indo-European* 47 6.86%
Asian Language** 6 16.67%
Other Language 7 4.38%
Total 88 0.38%

* "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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