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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 26,733 98.81% 28,219 98.24%
Spanish 170 0.63% 274 0.95%
Other Indo-European* 132 0.49% 183 0.64%
Asian Language** 7 0.03% 42 0.15%
Other 13 0.05% 6 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,055 100.00% 28,724 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 57 20.80%
Other Indo-European* 27 14.75%
Asian Language** 10 23.81%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 94 0.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 88 51.76%
Other Indo-European* 41 31.06%
Asian Language** 6 85.71%
Other Language 13 100.00%
Total 148 0.55%

* "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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