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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 14,909 95.78% 14,175 89.46%
Spanish 137 0.88% 1,462 9.23%
Other Indo-European* 490 3.15% 175 1.10%
Asian Language** 30 0.19% 20 0.13%
Other 0 0.00% 13 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,566 100.00% 15,845 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 955 65.32%
Other Indo-European* 36 20.57%
Asian Language** 6 30.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 997 6.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 52 37.96%
Other Indo-European* 165 33.67%
Asian Language** 28 93.33%
Other Language 0 -
Total 245 1.57%

* "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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