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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 19,862 94.01% 21,041 91.52%
Spanish 223 1.06% 353 1.54%
Other Indo-European* 1,020 4.83% 1,516 6.59%
Asian Language** 17 0.08% 59 0.26%
Other 5 0.02% 21 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,127 100.00% 22,990 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 118 33.43%
Other Indo-European* 709 46.77%
Asian Language** 10 16.95%
Other Language 8 38.10%
Total 845 3.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 61 27.35%
Other Indo-European* 441 43.24%
Asian Language** 1 5.88%
Other Language 0 -
Total 503 2.38%

* "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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