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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 26,898 98.51% 23,883 98.53%
Spanish 221 0.81% 221 0.91%
Other Indo-European* 166 0.61% 90 0.37%
Asian Language** 2 0.01% 8 0.03%
Other 17 0.06% 38 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,304 100.00% 24,240 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 100 45.25%
Other Indo-European* 25 27.78%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 2 5.26%
Total 127 0.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 91 41.18%
Other Indo-European* 20 12.05%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 111 0.41%

* "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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