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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 27,936 97.99% 26,413 97.73%
Spanish 288 1.01% 444 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 249 0.87% 119 0.44%
Asian Language** 24 0.08% 32 0.12%
Other 12 0.04% 18 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,509 100.00% 27,026 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 146 32.88%
Other Indo-European* 5 4.20%
Asian Language** 11 34.38%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 162 0.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 105 36.46%
Other Indo-European* 72 28.92%
Asian Language** 9 37.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 186 0.65%

* "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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