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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 14,614 95.80% 14,491 94.68%
Spanish 160 1.05% 226 1.48%
Other Indo-European* 302 1.98% 398 2.60%
Asian Language** 80 0.52% 141 0.92%
Other 98 0.64% 49 0.32%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,254 100.00% 15,305 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 64 28.32%
Other Indo-European* 54 13.57%
Asian Language** 32 22.70%
Other Language 6 12.24%
Total 156 1.02%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 36 22.50%
Other Indo-European* 53 17.55%
Asian Language** 49 61.25%
Other Language 79 80.61%
Total 217 1.42%

* "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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