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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 20,801 97.46% 24,590 94.77%
Spanish 403 1.89% 1,146 4.42%
Other Indo-European* 91 0.43% 143 0.55%
Asian Language** 38 0.18% 32 0.12%
Other 10 0.05% 35 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,343 100.00% 25,946 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 659 57.50%
Other Indo-European* 71 49.65%
Asian Language** 17 53.13%
Other Language 3 8.57%
Total 750 2.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 27.05%
Other Indo-European* 3 3.30%
Asian Language** 27 71.05%
Other Language 3 30.00%
Total 142 0.67%

* "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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