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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 11,191 95.20% 14,097 96.51%
Spanish 67 0.57% 109 0.75%
Other Indo-European* 329 2.80% 225 1.54%
Asian Language** 10 0.09% 16 0.11%
Other 158 1.34% 160 1.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,755 100.00% 14,607 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 31.19%
Other Indo-European* 37 16.44%
Asian Language** 7 43.75%
Other Language 46 28.75%
Total 124 0.85%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 43.28%
Other Indo-European* 128 38.91%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 59 37.34%
Total 216 1.84%

* "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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