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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 19,814 98.60% 20,461 98.47%
Spanish 61 0.30% 187 0.90%
Other Indo-European* 189 0.94% 109 0.52%
Asian Language** 30 0.15% 8 0.04%
Other 2 0.01% 14 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 20,096 100.00% 20,779 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 18.18%
Other Indo-European* 47 43.12%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 81 0.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12 19.67%
Other Indo-European* 55 29.10%
Asian Language** 3 10.00%
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 72 0.36%

* "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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