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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 15,317 98.60% 15,292 97.21%
Spanish 92 0.59% 179 1.14%
Other Indo-European* 103 0.66% 165 1.05%
Asian Language** 17 0.11% 95 0.60%
Other 5 0.03% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,534 100.00% 15,731 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 65 36.31%
Other Indo-European* 26 15.76%
Asian Language** 52 54.74%
Other Language 0 -
Total 143 0.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 17.39%
Other Indo-European* 56 54.37%
Asian Language** 9 52.94%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 86 0.55%

* "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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