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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 21,573 98.33% 23,012 97.20%
Spanish 213 0.97% 445 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 77 0.35% 145 0.61%
Asian Language** 77 0.35% 36 0.15%
Other 0 0.00% 38 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,940 100.00% 23,676 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 191 42.92%
Other Indo-European* 73 50.34%
Asian Language** 11 30.56%
Other Language 25 65.79%
Total 300 1.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 86 40.38%
Other Indo-European* 30 38.96%
Asian Language** 61 79.22%
Other Language 0 -
Total 177 0.81%

* "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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