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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 22,459 94.46% 21,924 94.23%
Spanish 264 1.11% 388 1.67%
Other Indo-European* 103 0.43% 171 0.73%
Asian Language** 27 0.11% 53 0.23%
Other 924 3.89% 731 3.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,777 100.00% 23,267 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 23.97%
Other Indo-European* 66 38.60%
Asian Language** 13 24.53%
Other Language 159 21.75%
Total 331 1.42%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 84 31.82%
Other Indo-European* 35 33.98%
Asian Language** 10 37.04%
Other Language 273 29.55%
Total 402 1.69%

* "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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