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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 12,281 92.35% 12,964 90.78%
Spanish 101 0.76% 682 4.78%
Other Indo-European* 912 6.86% 617 4.32%
Asian Language** 5 0.04% 10 0.07%
Other 0 0.00% 8 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,299 100.00% 14,281 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 411 60.26%
Other Indo-European* 222 35.98%
Asian Language** 4 40.00%
Other Language 6 75.00%
Total 643 4.50%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 38 37.62%
Other Indo-European* 313 34.32%
Asian Language** 5 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 356 2.68%

* "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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