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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 23,392 97.51% 25,436 97.52%
Spanish 305 1.27% 325 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 223 0.93% 272 1.04%
Asian Language** 69 0.29% 37 0.14%
Other 0 0.00% 13 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,989 100.00% 26,083 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 123 37.85%
Other Indo-European* 61 22.43%
Asian Language** 17 45.95%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 201 0.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 86 28.20%
Other Indo-European* 41 18.39%
Asian Language** 20 28.99%
Other Language 0 -
Total 147 0.61%

* "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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