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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 17,707 97.28% 19,598 96.17%
Spanish 56 0.31% 439 2.15%
Other Indo-European* 393 2.16% 271 1.33%
Asian Language** 39 0.21% 55 0.27%
Other 8 0.04% 15 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,203 100.00% 20,378 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 175 39.86%
Other Indo-European* 105 38.75%
Asian Language** 51 92.73%
Other Language 3 20.00%
Total 334 1.64%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 18 32.14%
Other Indo-European* 111 28.24%
Asian Language** 35 89.74%
Other Language 0 -
Total 164 0.90%

* "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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