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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 23,252 97.92% 25,727 97.60%
Spanish 178 0.75% 329 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 252 1.06% 244 0.93%
Asian Language** 42 0.18% 53 0.20%
Other 21 0.09% 6 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 23,745 100.00% 26,359 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 33.13%
Other Indo-European* 100 40.98%
Asian Language** 22 41.51%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 231 0.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 55 30.90%
Other Indo-European* 52 20.63%
Asian Language** 28 66.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 135 0.57%

* "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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