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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 13,432 96.42% 15,743 96.22%
Spanish 122 0.88% 216 1.32%
Other Indo-European* 337 2.42% 313 1.91%
Asian Language** 12 0.09% 57 0.35%
Other 28 0.20% 32 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,931 100.00% 16,361 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 28.70%
Other Indo-European* 58 18.53%
Asian Language** 21 36.84%
Other Language 12 37.50%
Total 153 0.94%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 23.77%
Other Indo-European* 86 25.52%
Asian Language** 5 41.67%
Other Language 8 28.57%
Total 128 0.92%

* "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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