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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 11,387 97.73% 12,828 98.30%
Spanish 99 0.85% 98 0.75%
Other Indo-European* 135 1.16% 76 0.58%
Asian Language** 26 0.22% 29 0.22%
Other 4 0.03% 19 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,651 100.00% 13,050 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 34.69%
Other Indo-European* 3 3.95%
Asian Language** 6 20.69%
Other Language 16 84.21%
Total 59 0.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 37 37.37%
Other Indo-European* 68 50.37%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 105 0.90%

* "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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