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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 18,561 94.98% 17,903 96.10%
Spanish 167 0.85% 264 1.42%
Other Indo-European* 727 3.72% 402 2.16%
Asian Language** 13 0.07% 15 0.08%
Other 74 0.38% 46 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,542 100.00% 18,630 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 110 41.67%
Other Indo-European* 83 20.65%
Asian Language** 9 60.00%
Other Language 11 23.91%
Total 213 1.14%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 59 35.33%
Other Indo-European* 232 31.91%
Asian Language** 2 15.38%
Other Language 21 28.38%
Total 314 1.61%

* "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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