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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 12,741 97.04% 12,516 96.31%
Spanish 176 1.34% 255 1.96%
Other Indo-European* 162 1.23% 168 1.29%
Asian Language** 14 0.11% 39 0.30%
Other 37 0.28% 18 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,130 100.00% 12,996 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 92 36.08%
Other Indo-European* 39 23.21%
Asian Language** 20 51.28%
Other Language 12 66.67%
Total 163 1.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 61 34.66%
Other Indo-European* 41 25.31%
Asian Language** 6 42.86%
Other Language 0 -
Total 108 0.82%

* "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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