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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 15,792 95.30% 21,024 96.25%
Spanish 96 0.58% 197 0.90%
Other Indo-European* 629 3.80% 540 2.47%
Asian Language** 27 0.16% 67 0.31%
Other 26 0.16% 16 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,570 100.00% 21,844 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 71 36.04%
Other Indo-European* 132 24.44%
Asian Language** 60 89.55%
Other Language 11 68.75%
Total 274 1.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 30.21%
Other Indo-European* 115 18.28%
Asian Language** 17 62.96%
Other Language 15 57.69%
Total 176 1.06%

* "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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