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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 19,585 96.96% 21,237 95.91%
Spanish 344 1.70% 594 2.68%
Other Indo-European* 185 0.92% 184 0.83%
Asian Language** 51 0.25% 70 0.32%
Other 34 0.17% 57 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,199 100.00% 22,142 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 307 51.68%
Other Indo-European* 42 22.83%
Asian Language** 61 87.14%
Other Language 9 15.79%
Total 419 1.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 192 55.81%
Other Indo-European* 38 20.54%
Asian Language** 31 60.78%
Other Language 15 44.12%
Total 276 1.37%

* "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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