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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 13,996 98.34% 15,464 97.97%
Spanish 95 0.67% 227 1.44%
Other Indo-European* 105 0.74% 81 0.51%
Asian Language** 31 0.22% 13 0.08%
Other 5 0.04% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,232 100.00% 15,785 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 11.01%
Other Indo-European* 19 23.46%
Asian Language** 6 46.15%
Other Language 0 -
Total 50 0.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 35.79%
Other Indo-European* 44 41.90%
Asian Language** 25 80.65%
Other Language 0 -
Total 103 0.72%

* "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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