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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 21,741 97.57% 29,383 96.08%
Spanish 125 0.56% 656 2.14%
Other Indo-European* 256 1.15% 376 1.23%
Asian Language** 149 0.67% 130 0.43%
Other 11 0.05% 38 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 22,282 100.00% 30,583 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 39.63%
Other Indo-European* 78 20.74%
Asian Language** 47 36.15%
Other Language 5 13.16%
Total 390 1.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 24 19.20%
Other Indo-European* 59 23.05%
Asian Language** 64 42.95%
Other Language 0 -
Total 147 0.66%

* "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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