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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 23,675 96.43% 24,549 97.03%
Spanish 212 0.86% 247 0.98%
Other Indo-European* 560 2.28% 434 1.72%
Asian Language** 46 0.19% 46 0.18%
Other 59 0.24% 25 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 24,552 100.00% 25,301 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 78 31.58%
Other Indo-European* 111 25.58%
Asian Language** 26 56.52%
Other Language 4 16.00%
Total 219 0.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 27.83%
Other Indo-European* 109 19.46%
Asian Language** 11 23.91%
Other Language 18 30.51%
Total 197 0.80%

* "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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