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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 15,227 97.96% 17,015 96.76%
Spanish 106 0.68% 236 1.34%
Other Indo-European* 196 1.26% 235 1.34%
Asian Language** 7 0.05% 80 0.45%
Other 8 0.05% 19 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,544 100.00% 17,585 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 51.27%
Other Indo-European* 46 19.57%
Asian Language** 42 52.50%
Other Language 7 36.84%
Total 216 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 30 28.30%
Other Indo-European* 47 23.98%
Asian Language** 5 71.43%
Other Language 0 -
Total 82 0.53%

* "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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