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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 15,645 97.23% 17,959 95.29%
Spanish 164 1.02% 617 3.27%
Other Indo-European* 275 1.71% 182 0.97%
Asian Language** 6 0.04% 64 0.34%
Other 0 0.00% 25 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,090 100.00% 18,847 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 263 42.63%
Other Indo-European* 23 12.64%
Asian Language** 27 42.19%
Other Language 13 52.00%
Total 326 1.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 41.46%
Other Indo-European* 65 23.64%
Asian Language** 6 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 139 0.86%

* "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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