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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 19,439 97.42% 24,227 97.31%
Spanish 65 0.33% 190 0.76%
Other Indo-European* 351 1.76% 379 1.52%
Asian Language** 32 0.16% 52 0.21%
Other 67 0.34% 48 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,954 100.00% 24,896 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 66 34.74%
Other Indo-European* 70 18.47%
Asian Language** 40 76.92%
Other Language 22 45.83%
Total 198 0.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 16.92%
Other Indo-European* 103 29.34%
Asian Language** 8 25.00%
Other Language 10 14.93%
Total 132 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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