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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 15,149 97.55% 16,366 96.42%
Spanish 48 0.31% 169 1.00%
Other Indo-European* 294 1.89% 326 1.92%
Asian Language** 19 0.12% 90 0.53%
Other 19 0.12% 23 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,529 100.00% 16,974 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 49 28.99%
Other Indo-European* 98 30.06%
Asian Language** 44 48.89%
Other Language 16 69.57%
Total 207 1.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 86 29.25%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 3 15.79%
Total 105 0.68%

* "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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