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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 14,882 97.95% 14,770 97.77%
Spanish 121 0.80% 188 1.24%
Other Indo-European* 138 0.91% 121 0.80%
Asian Language** 48 0.32% 28 0.19%
Other 5 0.03% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,194 100.00% 15,107 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 27.13%
Other Indo-European* 40 33.06%
Asian Language** 2 7.14%
Other Language 0 -
Total 93 0.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 42.15%
Other Indo-European* 69 50.00%
Asian Language** 17 35.42%
Other Language 0 -
Total 137 0.90%

* "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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