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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 11,419 93.23% 13,999 96.94%
Spanish 223 1.82% 185 1.28%
Other Indo-European* 573 4.68% 237 1.64%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 15 0.10%
Other 33 0.27% 5 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,248 100.00% 14,441 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 20 10.81%
Other Indo-European* 63 26.58%
Asian Language** 7 46.67%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 90 0.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 84 37.67%
Other Indo-European* 103 17.98%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 17 51.52%
Total 204 1.67%

* "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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