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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 25,025 93.04% 25,608 93.95%
Spanish 909 3.38% 1,010 3.71%
Other Indo-European* 865 3.22% 570 2.09%
Asian Language** 66 0.25% 51 0.19%
Other 33 0.12% 18 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,898 100.00% 27,257 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 329 32.57%
Other Indo-European* 110 19.30%
Asian Language** 23 45.10%
Other Language 7 38.89%
Total 469 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 242 26.62%
Other Indo-European* 246 28.44%
Asian Language** 21 31.82%
Other Language 24 72.73%
Total 533 1.98%

* "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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