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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 14,675 97.17% 15,170 97.39%
Spanish 241 1.60% 245 1.57%
Other Indo-European* 139 0.92% 57 0.37%
Asian Language** 48 0.32% 91 0.58%
Other 0 0.00% 13 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,103 100.00% 15,576 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 24.08%
Other Indo-European* 6 10.53%
Asian Language** 36 39.56%
Other Language 5 38.46%
Total 106 0.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 18.67%
Other Indo-European* 47 33.81%
Asian Language** 19 39.58%
Other Language 0 -
Total 111 0.73%

* "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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