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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 23,401 97.87% 23,333 97.14%
Spanish 296 1.24% 469 1.95%
Other Indo-European* 147 0.61% 146 0.61%
Asian Language** 57 0.24% 14 0.06%
Other 9 0.04% 57 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,910 100.00% 24,019 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 144 30.70%
Other Indo-European* 45 30.82%
Asian Language** 7 50.00%
Other Language 9 15.79%
Total 205 0.85%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 36.82%
Other Indo-European* 71 48.30%
Asian Language** 23 40.35%
Other Language 6 66.67%
Total 209 0.87%

* "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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