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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 22,617 98.44% 21,720 97.75%
Spanish 242 1.05% 255 1.15%
Other Indo-European* 107 0.47% 215 0.97%
Asian Language** 9 0.04% 28 0.13%
Other 0 0.00% 2 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 22,975 100.00% 22,220 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 52 20.39%
Other Indo-European* 48 22.33%
Asian Language** 13 46.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 113 0.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 42 17.36%
Other Indo-European* 13 12.15%
Asian Language** 2 22.22%
Other Language 0 -
Total 57 0.25%

* "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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