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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 19,548 97.82% 20,127 96.58%
Spanish 98 0.49% 282 1.35%
Other Indo-European* 284 1.42% 264 1.27%
Asian Language** 52 0.26% 145 0.70%
Other 2 0.01% 22 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,984 100.00% 20,840 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 124 43.97%
Other Indo-European* 93 35.23%
Asian Language** 71 48.97%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 288 1.38%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 17.35%
Other Indo-European* 54 19.01%
Asian Language** 17 32.69%
Other Language 0 -
Total 88 0.44%

* "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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