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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 22,706 98.09% 27,103 96.97%
Spanish 223 0.96% 426 1.52%
Other Indo-European* 182 0.79% 371 1.33%
Asian Language** 36 0.16% 47 0.17%
Other 0 0.00% 2 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,147 100.00% 27,949 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 104 24.41%
Other Indo-European* 40 10.78%
Asian Language** 35 74.47%
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 181 0.65%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 137 61.43%
Other Indo-European* 34 18.68%
Asian Language** 22 61.11%
Other Language 0 -
Total 193 0.83%

* "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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