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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 14,114 98.01% 15,761 96.71%
Spanish 170 1.18% 128 0.79%
Other Indo-European* 99 0.69% 360 2.21%
Asian Language** 2 0.01% 25 0.15%
Other 16 0.11% 23 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,401 100.00% 16,297 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 44 34.38%
Other Indo-European* 199 55.28%
Asian Language** 3 12.00%
Other Language 3 13.04%
Total 249 1.53%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 99 58.24%
Other Indo-European* 22 22.22%
Asian Language** 2 100.00%
Other Language 5 31.25%
Total 128 0.89%

* "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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