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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 18,338 96.97% 18,377 96.93%
Spanish 400 2.12% 330 1.74%
Other Indo-European* 136 0.72% 205 1.08%
Asian Language** 18 0.10% 29 0.15%
Other 19 0.10% 18 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,911 100.00% 18,959 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 123 37.27%
Other Indo-European* 44 21.46%
Asian Language** 22 75.86%
Other Language 5 27.78%
Total 194 1.02%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 143 35.75%
Other Indo-European* 82 60.29%
Asian Language** 4 22.22%
Other Language 10 52.63%
Total 239 1.26%

* "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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