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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 18,161 98.03% 18,621 97.50%
Spanish 132 0.71% 128 0.67%
Other Indo-European* 232 1.25% 325 1.70%
Asian Language** 1 0.01% 24 0.13%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,526 100.00% 19,098 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 53 41.41%
Other Indo-European* 86 26.46%
Asian Language** 2 8.33%
Other Language 0 -
Total 141 0.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 44 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 74 31.90%
Asian Language** 1 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 119 0.64%

* "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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