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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 24,544 98.26% 24,482 96.07%
Spanish 210 0.84% 775 3.04%
Other Indo-European* 148 0.59% 133 0.52%
Asian Language** 37 0.15% 48 0.19%
Other 40 0.16% 46 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,979 100.00% 25,484 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 324 41.81%
Other Indo-European* 18 13.53%
Asian Language** 14 29.17%
Other Language 11 23.91%
Total 367 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 72 34.29%
Other Indo-European* 31 20.95%
Asian Language** 14 37.84%
Other Language 22 55.00%
Total 139 0.56%

* "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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