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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 13,295 98.07% 13,433 98.01%
Spanish 90 0.66% 129 0.94%
Other Indo-European* 146 1.08% 82 0.60%
Asian Language** 19 0.14% 62 0.45%
Other 6 0.04% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,556 100.00% 13,706 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 31 24.03%
Other Indo-European* 6 7.32%
Asian Language** 25 40.32%
Other Language 0 -
Total 62 0.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 18.89%
Other Indo-European* 22 15.07%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 39 0.29%

* "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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