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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 24,130 95.67% 26,953 96.35%
Spanish 159 0.63% 336 1.20%
Other Indo-European* 855 3.39% 528 1.89%
Asian Language** 25 0.10% 133 0.48%
Other 54 0.21% 25 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 25,223 100.00% 27,975 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 139 41.37%
Other Indo-European* 137 25.95%
Asian Language** 66 49.62%
Other Language 2 8.00%
Total 344 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 28.30%
Other Indo-European* 163 19.06%
Asian Language** 11 44.00%
Other Language 15 27.78%
Total 234 0.93%

* "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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