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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 20,065 95.18% 20,901 94.90%
Spanish 312 1.48% 465 2.11%
Other Indo-European* 663 3.14% 603 2.74%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 47 0.21%
Other 42 0.20% 8 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 21,082 100.00% 22,024 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 34.84%
Other Indo-European* 239 39.64%
Asian Language** 5 10.64%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 406 1.84%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 88 28.21%
Other Indo-European* 264 39.82%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 7 16.67%
Total 359 1.70%

* "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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