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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 27,962 98.32% 27,505 98.04%
Spanish 162 0.57% 285 1.02%
Other Indo-European* 260 0.91% 215 0.77%
Asian Language** 56 0.20% 42 0.15%
Other 0 0.00% 7 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 28,440 100.00% 28,054 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 145 50.88%
Other Indo-European* 30 13.95%
Asian Language** 6 14.29%
Other Language 7 100.00%
Total 188 0.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 39 24.07%
Other Indo-European* 81 31.15%
Asian Language** 11 19.64%
Other Language 0 -
Total 131 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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