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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 25,475 94.33% 26,594 95.08%
Spanish 102 0.38% 246 0.88%
Other Indo-European* 1,373 5.08% 977 3.49%
Asian Language** 15 0.06% 128 0.46%
Other 40 0.15% 25 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,005 100.00% 27,970 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 28.05%
Other Indo-European* 152 15.56%
Asian Language** 61 47.66%
Other Language 6 24.00%
Total 288 1.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8 7.84%
Other Indo-European* 255 18.57%
Asian Language** 5 33.33%
Other Language 0 -
Total 268 0.99%

* "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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