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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 17,731 95.62% 16,025 83.35%
Spanish 174 0.94% 2,143 11.15%
Other Indo-European* 296 1.60% 236 1.23%
Asian Language** 343 1.85% 794 4.13%
Other 0 0.00% 28 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,544 100.00% 19,226 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,382 64.49%
Other Indo-European* 73 30.93%
Asian Language** 530 66.75%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,985 10.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 59 19.93%
Asian Language** 254 74.05%
Other Language 0 -
Total 371 2.00%

* "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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