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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 14,706 98.33% 15,386 95.02%
Spanish 59 0.39% 710 4.38%
Other Indo-European* 173 1.16% 87 0.54%
Asian Language** 9 0.06% 9 0.06%
Other 9 0.06% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,956 100.00% 16,192 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 486 68.45%
Other Indo-European* 26 29.89%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 512 3.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 27.12%
Other Indo-European* 49 28.32%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 65 0.43%

* "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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