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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 23,527 97.85% 26,921 97.38%
Spanish 212 0.88% 342 1.24%
Other Indo-European* 201 0.84% 262 0.95%
Asian Language** 89 0.37% 99 0.36%
Other 15 0.06% 22 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,044 100.00% 27,646 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 144 42.11%
Other Indo-European* 58 22.14%
Asian Language** 82 82.83%
Other Language 2 9.09%
Total 286 1.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 29.72%
Other Indo-European* 73 36.32%
Asian Language** 47 52.81%
Other Language 0 -
Total 183 0.76%

* "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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