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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 19,547 97.39% 23,606 96.87%
Spanish 200 1.00% 378 1.55%
Other Indo-European* 301 1.50% 352 1.44%
Asian Language** 15 0.07% 32 0.13%
Other 8 0.04% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,071 100.00% 24,368 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 171 45.24%
Other Indo-European* 45 12.78%
Asian Language** 9 28.13%
Other Language 0 -
Total 225 0.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 74 37.00%
Other Indo-European* 44 14.62%
Asian Language** 15 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 133 0.66%

* "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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