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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 12,622 96.45% 16,829 93.74%
Spanish 295 2.25% 913 5.09%
Other Indo-European* 146 1.12% 117 0.65%
Asian Language** 18 0.14% 27 0.15%
Other 5 0.04% 67 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,086 100.00% 17,953 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 482 52.79%
Other Indo-European* 7 5.98%
Asian Language** 14 51.85%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 503 2.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 41.02%
Other Indo-European* 70 47.95%
Asian Language** 6 33.33%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 202 1.54%

* "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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