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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 25,878 98.36% 28,609 97.10%
Spanish 157 0.60% 442 1.50%
Other Indo-European* 231 0.88% 368 1.25%
Asian Language** 25 0.10% 37 0.13%
Other 18 0.07% 8 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,309 100.00% 29,464 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 163 36.88%
Other Indo-European* 119 32.34%
Asian Language** 32 86.49%
Other Language 8 100.00%
Total 322 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 94 59.87%
Other Indo-European* 60 25.97%
Asian Language** 6 24.00%
Other Language 12 66.67%
Total 172 0.65%

* "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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