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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 20,875 98.31% 23,603 98.08%
Spanish 208 0.98% 255 1.06%
Other Indo-European* 106 0.50% 123 0.51%
Asian Language** 28 0.13% 77 0.32%
Other 17 0.08% 6 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,234 100.00% 24,064 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 126 49.41%
Other Indo-European* 17 13.82%
Asian Language** 47 61.04%
Other Language 6 100.00%
Total 196 0.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 106 50.96%
Other Indo-European* 38 35.85%
Asian Language** 3 10.71%
Other Language 0 -
Total 147 0.69%

* "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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