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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 15,583 97.25% 17,817 96.62%
Spanish 140 0.87% 349 1.89%
Other Indo-European* 258 1.61% 149 0.81%
Asian Language** 20 0.12% 124 0.67%
Other 23 0.14% 2 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,024 100.00% 18,441 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 100 28.65%
Other Indo-European* 53 35.57%
Asian Language** 72 58.06%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 225 1.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 35 25.00%
Other Indo-European* 47 18.22%
Asian Language** 16 80.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 98 0.61%

* "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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