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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 17,124 97.87% 18,048 96.02%
Spanish 185 1.06% 560 2.98%
Other Indo-European* 184 1.05% 176 0.94%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 12 0.06%
Other 4 0.02% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,497 100.00% 18,796 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 323 57.68%
Other Indo-European* 29 16.48%
Asian Language** 6 50.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 358 1.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 34.05%
Other Indo-European* 58 31.52%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 4 100.00%
Total 125 0.71%

* "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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