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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 13,315 98.30% 17,228 97.46%
Spanish 90 0.66% 196 1.11%
Other Indo-European* 134 0.99% 175 0.99%
Asian Language** 6 0.04% 75 0.42%
Other 0 0.00% 3 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,545 100.00% 17,677 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 42.35%
Other Indo-European* 53 30.29%
Asian Language** 75 100.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 211 1.19%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 68.89%
Other Indo-European* 49 36.57%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 111 0.82%

* "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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