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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 25,595 97.69% 23,447 96.93%
Spanish 366 1.40% 352 1.46%
Other Indo-European* 171 0.65% 295 1.22%
Asian Language** 52 0.20% 93 0.38%
Other 16 0.06% 3 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,200 100.00% 24,190 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 138 39.20%
Other Indo-European* 62 21.02%
Asian Language** 63 67.74%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 263 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 135 36.89%
Other Indo-European* 79 46.20%
Asian Language** 10 19.23%
Other Language 0 -
Total 224 0.85%

* "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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