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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 15,260 97.68% 18,124 90.61%
Spanish 175 1.12% 1,689 8.44%
Other Indo-European* 129 0.83% 124 0.62%
Asian Language** 4 0.03% 29 0.14%
Other 54 0.35% 37 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,622 100.00% 20,003 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,116 66.07%
Other Indo-European* 11 8.87%
Asian Language** 12 41.38%
Other Language 14 37.84%
Total 1,153 5.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 74 42.29%
Other Indo-European* 33 25.58%
Asian Language** 3 75.00%
Other Language 4 7.41%
Total 114 0.73%

* "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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