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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 15,538 97.65% 19,783 96.95%
Spanish 177 1.11% 445 2.18%
Other Indo-European* 100 0.63% 128 0.63%
Asian Language** 97 0.61% 32 0.16%
Other 0 0.00% 17 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,912 100.00% 20,405 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 202 45.39%
Other Indo-European* 44 34.38%
Asian Language** 5 15.63%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 251 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 71 40.11%
Other Indo-European* 62 62.00%
Asian Language** 24 24.74%
Other Language 0 -
Total 157 0.99%

* "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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