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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 16,331 98.29% 17,517 97.41%
Spanish 97 0.58% 392 2.18%
Other Indo-European* 170 1.02% 47 0.26%
Asian Language** 17 0.10% 27 0.15%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,615 100.00% 17,983 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 198 50.51%
Other Indo-European* 28 59.57%
Asian Language** 12 44.44%
Other Language 0 -
Total 238 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 56 57.73%
Other Indo-European* 63 37.06%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 119 0.72%

* "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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