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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 25,270 97.98% 27,038 97.42%
Spanish 248 0.96% 383 1.38%
Other Indo-European* 220 0.85% 221 0.80%
Asian Language** 27 0.10% 90 0.32%
Other 26 0.10% 23 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,791 100.00% 27,755 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 112 29.24%
Other Indo-European* 73 33.03%
Asian Language** 34 37.78%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 219 0.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 114 45.97%
Other Indo-European* 119 54.09%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 4 15.38%
Total 237 0.92%

* "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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