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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 17,723 98.13% 26,499 97.87%
Spanish 139 0.77% 332 1.23%
Other Indo-European* 185 1.02% 167 0.62%
Asian Language** 13 0.07% 68 0.25%
Other 0 0.00% 10 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,060 100.00% 27,076 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 97 29.22%
Other Indo-European* 57 34.13%
Asian Language** 48 70.59%
Other Language 7 70.00%
Total 209 0.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 36.69%
Other Indo-European* 59 31.89%
Asian Language** 13 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 123 0.68%

* "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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