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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 21,790 92.74% 24,022 94.66%
Spanish 166 0.71% 392 1.54%
Other Indo-European* 1,520 6.47% 939 3.70%
Asian Language** 14 0.06% 14 0.06%
Other 6 0.03% 9 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,496 100.00% 25,376 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 170 43.37%
Other Indo-European* 232 24.71%
Asian Language** 2 14.29%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 404 1.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 37.35%
Other Indo-European* 510 33.55%
Asian Language** 5 35.71%
Other Language 0 -
Total 577 2.46%

* "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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