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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 24,479 97.88% 25,123 98.19%
Spanish 224 0.90% 192 0.75%
Other Indo-European* 255 1.02% 183 0.72%
Asian Language** 52 0.21% 77 0.30%
Other 0 0.00% 12 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,010 100.00% 25,587 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 50 26.04%
Other Indo-European* 44 24.04%
Asian Language** 57 74.03%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 151 0.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43 19.20%
Other Indo-European* 110 43.14%
Asian Language** 12 23.08%
Other Language 0 -
Total 165 0.66%

* "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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