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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 27,206 98.80% 30,879 97.44%
Spanish 163 0.59% 486 1.53%
Other Indo-European* 156 0.57% 189 0.60%
Asian Language** 11 0.04% 83 0.26%
Other 0 0.00% 52 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,536 100.00% 31,689 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 208 42.80%
Other Indo-European* 30 15.87%
Asian Language** 26 31.33%
Other Language 11 21.15%
Total 275 0.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 66 40.49%
Other Indo-European* 60 38.46%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 126 0.46%

* "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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