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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 26,492 97.59% 26,384 98.25%
Spanish 343 1.26% 275 1.02%
Other Indo-European* 281 1.04% 87 0.32%
Asian Language** 22 0.08% 106 0.39%
Other 8 0.03% 3 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,146 100.00% 26,855 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 150 54.55%
Other Indo-European* 24 27.59%
Asian Language** 62 58.49%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 236 0.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 132 38.48%
Other Indo-European* 103 36.65%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 235 0.87%

* "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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