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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 11,932 97.56% 17,883 95.62%
Spanish 153 1.25% 524 2.80%
Other Indo-European* 121 0.99% 210 1.12%
Asian Language** 24 0.20% 7 0.04%
Other 0 0.00% 79 0.42%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,230 100.00% 18,703 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 202 38.55%
Other Indo-European* 60 28.57%
Asian Language** 7 100.00%
Other Language 20 25.32%
Total 289 1.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 49.67%
Other Indo-European* 37 30.58%
Asian Language** 21 87.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 134 1.10%

* "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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