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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 17,358 96.57% 16,959 95.67%
Spanish 202 1.12% 568 3.20%
Other Indo-European* 363 2.02% 173 0.98%
Asian Language** 27 0.15% 13 0.07%
Other 25 0.14% 13 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,975 100.00% 17,726 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 239 42.08%
Other Indo-European* 32 18.50%
Asian Language** 10 76.92%
Other Language 6 46.15%
Total 287 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 75 37.13%
Other Indo-European* 64 17.63%
Asian Language** 14 51.85%
Other Language 14 56.00%
Total 167 0.93%

* "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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