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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 12,643 93.10% 14,010 95.22%
Spanish 97 0.71% 164 1.11%
Other Indo-European* 829 6.10% 498 3.38%
Asian Language** 11 0.08% 38 0.26%
Other 0 0.00% 4 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,580 100.00% 14,714 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 46 28.05%
Other Indo-European* 95 19.08%
Asian Language** 15 39.47%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 156 1.06%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 36 37.11%
Other Indo-European* 242 29.19%
Asian Language** 11 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 289 2.13%

* "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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