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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 19,484 96.18% 21,583 93.70%
Spanish 310 1.53% 1,030 4.47%
Other Indo-European* 390 1.93% 291 1.26%
Asian Language** 32 0.16% 81 0.35%
Other 42 0.21% 48 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,258 100.00% 23,033 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 525 50.97%
Other Indo-European* 84 28.87%
Asian Language** 9 11.11%
Other Language 2 4.17%
Total 620 2.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 123 39.68%
Other Indo-European* 126 32.31%
Asian Language** 11 34.38%
Other Language 2 4.76%
Total 262 1.29%

* "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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