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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 22,125 98.25% 25,142 97.34%
Spanish 209 0.93% 203 0.79%
Other Indo-European* 165 0.73% 394 1.53%
Asian Language** 15 0.07% 55 0.21%
Other 5 0.02% 36 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 22,519 100.00% 25,830 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 33.99%
Other Indo-European* 178 45.18%
Asian Language** 10 18.18%
Other Language 5 13.89%
Total 262 1.01%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 33.01%
Other Indo-European* 68 41.21%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 137 0.61%

* "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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