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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 25,247 97.85% 30,057 95.97%
Spanish 288 1.12% 837 2.67%
Other Indo-European* 223 0.86% 111 0.35%
Asian Language** 21 0.08% 277 0.88%
Other 24 0.09% 37 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,803 100.00% 31,319 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 441 52.69%
Other Indo-European* 23 20.72%
Asian Language** 136 49.10%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 600 1.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 28.82%
Other Indo-European* 31 13.90%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 114 0.44%

* "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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